Japanese vlogger-Holi groping: Delhi Police arrest 3; girl reaches B’desh

| Updated: 11 March, 2023 11:32 am IST

Delhi Police has apprehended three youths including a juvenile, who were involved in the alleged harassment of a female tourist from Japan.  Police on Saturday said the victim, who is a vlogger and usually travels solo has safely reached Bangladesh – the next travel destination.

On Friday, Delhi Police took cognizance of a video that went viral where a Japanese girl is seen besieged by a group of youths in Central Delhi’s Paharganj area. The incident happened on Wednesday during the festival of Holi.

Police ascertained the event happened on the day of Holi the area seen in the video fall under PS Pahar Ganj, Delhi. The girl is a Japanese tourist who was staying at Paharganj, Delhi and departed to Bangladesh on Friday.

“The girl had not made any complaint or call neither to Delhi Police nor to his embassy as confirmed by the embassy official in response to the mail sent by Delhi Police. The boys seen in the video have been identified after meticulous efforts through field officers and local intelligence,” said a police officer.

Police said three boys including one juvenile have been apprehended. “They have confessed and admitted to the action seen in the video. They all are residents of the nearby areas of Pahar Ganj and went that way the enjoyment of Holi.

Police also said the girl has made a tweet from her Twitter handle that she has reached Bangladesh and fit in her mind and body.

“Action has been initiated against them under DP Act, however, further legal action will be decided on merits and in accordance with the complaint by the girl, if any,” added the officer.

On Friday, after the video went viral, Delhi Police also sent an e-mail to the Japanese embassy requesting them to help in establishing the identity of the girl or any other detail about the incident. The Embassy officials have replied that they have not got any such complaint.

Earlier, the victim shared a video of her Holi experience with the tweet, “Celebrating the arrival of spring, this festival involves throwing colored powder and water at each other, regardless of caste, age, or gender. That’s what I’m talking about. For the first time in my life, an egg was thrown at me and I was harassed.” The video went viral and caused much outrage on the internet leading to Police taking cognizance of the matter, even though the victim had later deleted this tweet.

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