Delhi Police have arrested a youth for allegedly attacking 45-year-old journalist Aparna Kalra on Wednesday evening. Kalra was attacked when she went for a stroll to Picnic Hut, a park in Delhi's Ashok Vihar. She was hit on her head with bricks and sustained severe injuries to her skull and brain.
According to the Indian Express, the initial investigation showed that two to three men tried to drag Kalra into the bushes, after they passed lewd comments at her. She was then hit on her head with bricks when she tried to resist them, following which the attackers fled the spot.
Delhi police told IE that a 22-year-old has been arrested. They said that he had been stalking the Kalra for close to a month.
"On sustained interrogation, the accused told police that he had been monitoring the woman's activity for the last few weeks, and that he was obsessed with her. On Wednesday evening, he consumed liquor and then went to the park. He told police that after observing her for a few minutes, he approached her and tried to talk to her," Joint Commissioner of Police (northern range) Rajesh Khurana said.
A report in Hindustan Times said that the attackers were alleged drug addict. According to the report, one of the men had attacked Kalra with a stone after she objected to them drinking in the park. Following which one of them hit her with a stone and fled.
The journalist is currently being treated at Fortis Hospital in Shalimar Bagh. According to Rajesh Khurana, the Joint Commissioner of Police (northern range), one brick has been recovered from the spot.
The police have also detained several people, including some drug addicts, for questioning and efforts have been taken to track down the attackers.
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