Swati Maliwal

1. The FIR details MP Swati Maliwal’s allegations of being physically assaulted by Kejriwal’s aide Bibhav Kumar.
2. Kumar allegedly slapped her 7–8 times and repeatedly kicked her in the stomach and pelvis.
3. Despite her pleas to stop and noting she was on her periods, the assault continued.

New Delhi, May 17: The FIR filed in connection with the alleged assault of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal reveals a harrowing account of abuse that took place at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on May 13.

The FIR details Maliwal’s allegations that Kejriwal’s personal assistant and aide, Bibhav Kumar, physically assaulted her, slapping her 7–8 times and repeatedly kicking her in the stomach and pelvis, despite her pleas to stop, particularly noting that she was on her periods.

Swati Maliwal, the former chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), described the brutal incident, which allegedly occurred inside the drawing room of Kejriwal’s house around 9 am.

According to Maliwal, Chief Minister Kejriwal was present at his residence during the time of the assault, although he has not been named in the FIR.

Maliwal recounted that she was sitting in the drawing room when Bibhav Kumar suddenly entered and began shouting at her without any provocation.

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“How can you not listen to us? What do you think, you despicable woman? We will teach you a lesson,” Maliwal quoted Kumar as saying.

The situation quickly escalated as Kumar allegedly started physically abusing her, slapping her multiple times. “I felt absolutely numb and shocked and was screaming for help over and over again,” she stated in the FIR.

Maliwal further described how Kumar dragged her by her shirt, causing her to fall and hit her head on a center table.

The assault did not end there. Maliwal alleged that Kumar continued his attack, kicking her repeatedly in the chest, stomach, and pelvis area.

“My shirt was coming up, but he still continued to assault me,” she said. Despite her cries and the fact that she was experiencing “unbearable pain” due to her menstrual cycle, Kumar allegedly continued to attack her with full force.

Maliwal managed to escape and called the police, but not before Kumar threatened her, saying he “shall see to it” and he would “bury her.”

According to Maliwal, Kumar then returned with security personnel and forced her to leave the premises. “I was in a terrible state of shock at this unprovoked attack. I was deeply traumatized,” Maliwal stated in the FIR.

She then took an auto-rickshaw to the Civil Lines police station to report the incident.

At the police station, Maliwal, suffering from severe cramps and trauma, chose not to file a written complaint immediately, not wanting to politicize the incident.

“I was having severe cramps… Due to extreme trauma, not wanting to politicize the incident, I left the police station without filing a written complaint,” she explained.

Reflecting on the ordeal, Maliwal described the incident as one of the most difficult times of her life. She noted that her arms were sore, her abdomen was in pain, and she was having difficulty walking.

The AAP leader expressed her dismay and disbelief at the behavior of someone she had known for a long time.

“My situation is exacerbated by the fact that, having worked all my life for women’s issues and having helped lakhs of women get justice, I ended up being brutally beaten by a person whom I have known for long,” she stated in the FIR.

On May 16, Maliwal underwent a medical check-up at AIIMS, Delhi, which lasted over three hours. According to a medico-legal case report, she suffered internal injuries to her face, indicating the severity of the assault.

In response to the FIR, the Delhi Police have intensified their search for Bibhav Kumar, with sources indicating that he may be in Amritsar.

The case has been registered under IPC sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), and 477A (falsification of accounts), along with relevant sections of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

This incident highlights the stark realities of gender-based violence and the importance of addressing such issues with urgency and seriousness.

It underscores the need for robust mechanisms to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable, regardless of their positions or affiliations.

As the investigation continues, the focus remains on ensuring justice for Swati Maliwal and reinforcing the principles of safety and respect for all individuals.