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‘Called me a terrorist’: Kashmiri girl alleges harassment in Delhi

Another case of racial violence has come up in the capital Delhi. A Kashmiri girl living in Lajpat Nagar Delhi has accused her landlady of assaulting her, mistreating and racial discrimination. The woman alleges that the landlady forcibly entered her room with a friend and assaulted her using lewd language. 

Noor Bhat, belonging to Srinagar in Kashmir, narrated her ordeal on Twitter and claimed that her landlady entered the house with a man whom she has never seen before and started calling her a ‘terrorist’ because they’re from Kashmir. She further alleged that the incident took place in front of cops and accused the landlady of stealing her belongings from the house.

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According to the information, this incident is from Lajpat Nagar area. The woman is said to live here with some of her friends. On Wednesday evening, the landlady entered the house with one of her companions. The woman alleges that these people used abusive language for her and assaulted her. The woman has also complained about the incident to Amar Colony Police Station.

At the same time, Delhi Women’s Commission Chairman Swati Maliwal has taken cognizance of this incident and assured the Kashmiri woman of help. Maliwal says that ‘this is a shameful and shocking incident’.

The woman, Noor Bhat, took to Twitter to narrate her ordeal wherein the landlady of her rented accommodation in a South Delhi locality had barged into her house along with another man and attacked her.

Bhat wrote that the woman entered her house with another man, whom she had never seen before, and called them ‘terrorists’ as they were from Kashmir. She wrote that the incident took place in front of a police official accusing the woman of vandalism and ransacking.

The argument had broken out between the two over “rent dispute”, according to reports. Bhat was quoted in media reports saying that the woman had entered her flat in her absence and had taken out her belongings including, furniture, her passport and clothes.

Bhat alleged that the woman threatened her saying that she would burn her face with cigarette.

Earlier in the day Bhat tweeted saying that the incident has deeply affected and traumatised her.

Special House Officer of Amar Colony police station. The SHO downplayed the incident saying a dispute between the two sides has been going on for some days. It’s related to non-payment of  dues, according to him. He said that they have heard the complaint but have not filed an FIR. “We have asked both parties to come to the police station on Thursday morning. We will hear them and then proceed” Clarion India reported.

Delhi State Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has also taken cognizance of the matter and has ensured proper action against the landlord. The woman has filed a complaint as well. The woman shared the images of the landlord’s brutality on her social media handle. 

Faseeha Malik another Kashmiri also shared her experience she wrote “Being called a “terrorist” is almost every kashmiri students story, I have lived in delhi for 3 years, I remember how I was harassed constantly after pulwama attacked took place, I was in school back then & I remember on scribble day, “pathar baaz” was written on my shirt.

The Delhi Police are registering an FIR over Bhat’s complaint under section 448 for tresspassing, 323 for voluntary causing hurt and 457 for housebreaking by night. The police said the Kashmiri woman had shifted to this flat in JUne, but had defaulted in rent and electricity bill payment.

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  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse