On the 10th of August, the Delhi Police initiated an investigation against Manoj Shokeen, a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP.)
On the 8th of August, the daughter in law of Manoj Shokeen registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Manoj and alleged him of raping her.
According to the registered case, Manoj Shokeen allegedly raped and threatened his daughter in law at gunpoint. The incident took place on the night of the 31st of December of 2018 and the 1st of January 2019.
The victim said on the 31st of December 2018, her husband, brother and she left her maternal home to celebrate New Year’s with her in laws in Meera Bagh. However, the victim’s husband took her to a hotel in Paschim Vihar, instead of taking her home. Later, around 12:30 A.M., on the 1st of January 2019, they reached her in laws’ house.
She said, “After the party, we went to my in laws house at Meera Bagh at around 12.30 a.m. on the 1st of January. My husband went out with his friends while I went to sleep.” She further added, “After he (Manoj Shokeen) entered the room, he started touching me inappropriately. Following which I asked him to go off to sleep as he was drunk. However, he took out his gun, slapped me and threatened to kill my brother when I tried to raise an alarm. He then overpowered me and raped me. Initially in order to save the marriage and my brother, I stopped myself from filing a complaint against him.”
Later, the victim also informed about a case of domestic violence registered against Manoj with the Crime Against Women (CAW) cell in the Saket court. The domestic violence case was filed in December 2018 by the victim.
The victim said, “On the 7th of July 2019, in the CAW cell, my mother and father were harassed. An FIR has been filed in the Saket police station in this regard.” She further said when, on the 7th of August, she reached the Saket court regarding the domestic violence case, she met the protection officer for recording the statement. She said the officer assured her regarding the safety of her family, following which, she gathered the courage to report the incident.
The incident came to light after the Delhi Police registered a case and started an investigation for the same.
The Delhi Police registered the case against Manoj Shokeen under Section 376 and Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC.) Seju P. Kuruvilla, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer,) assured strict action will be taken against Manoj.
The investigation regarding the case is underway.
Stay tuned for further updates.