It has been three years since he was labeled a pervert after an alleged incident of molestation in Delhi and Saravjeet Singh, 28, is still fighting to get his honor back. He is struggling to keep a job, has to appear at the police station every time he needs to leave the city.
20-year-old Delhi University student Jasleen Kaur’s social media post complaining about a harasser had gone viral in August 2015, resulting the accused landed in jail. The accused was identified as Saravjeet Singh, who had been booked under Sections 354A (punishment for sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Arguments in the case against him are yet to begin as the complainant Jasleen Kaur has not attended even a single hearing in the matter. There have been 13 hearings so far. Thus, noting her prolonged absence, a Delhi district court issued a bailable warrant against her on 28 August.
In a recent interview, Sarvjeet Singh spoke up on his struggles to keep a job and the court hearing in the case. He said, “Each time I go to the court for the hearing, they call out my name, ask me to put my hand up and write down my name. They ask if the complainant has come. Because she is absent, another date is given and the matter is dismissed. This has been happening for the past three years.”
Saravjeet claims that the woman’s father keeps telling the court that she is studying abroad. “Each time when the judge asks why the complainant has not appeared, her father says that she has gone to Canada to study. So that means she has the right to make a career but I do not,” he says.
While the boy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and a Diploma in Animation, every other company is rejecting him due to his court hearing.
“Soon after the incident, the company I was working with asked me to leave. We used to produce labels for branded clothes and had international clients. My boss told me that the company’s name was being tainted as the news had spread to our international clients as well. I then took up a job at a marriage bureau that was paying me 40 percent less than what I was earning earlier, but I had no option.”
Well, we have to wait and see when will Jasleen comes and the final verdict is given. What do you say about this?