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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

1280810.largeAfter a Facebook post on sexual harassment of a young girl went viral, the accused has been finally arrested.

Delhi University student was abused at a traffic signal in Tilak Nagar area in Delhi around 8 p.m. on Sunday. She lodged a police complaint and thereafter posted about the incident on Facebook.

Within 14 hours of posting the picture, police registered an FIR and started hunting the accused, Sarvjeet Singh. He was on a run and has been nabbed from Tilak Nagar. Singh has been arrested on charges of sexual harassment, criminal intimidation and use of word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and investigation has begun under sections 354(a), 506 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code.

In her Facebook post, the victim said, “A man made obscene comments at me today (Sunday) at around 8 p.m. near Tilak Nagar. He was on a silver Royal Enfield, vehicle number DL 4S CE 3623. When I told him I am clicking his picture and I’m going to file a complaint against him, he responded by posing for a picture and said, “Jo kar sakti hai kar le. Complaint karke dikha, fir dekhiyo kya karta hun main (Do whatever you like. Complain and then see what I’ll do to you)”

She said what disturbed her more than the obscene remarks was that 20 passers-by heard what the accused said and no one intervened. “No one stood up for me. I was trying to cross the road when I came in front of the bike. When I pointed at the red signal and said he should have stopped, he began making obscene remarks.”

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Smog In New Delhi Clears After Rain, AQI Remains ‘Very Poor’

Despite the pollution, there is little sign Delhi’s 20 million residents are taking steps to protect themselves.

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A man rides a motorcycle on a morning thick with smog on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Jan. 5, 2019. A Sunday morning rain improved the air quality to "very poor." VOA

A rainy spell early Sunday brought better air to residents of New Delhi, giving them a brief respite from thick gray smog that has shrouded the Indian capital for the last two months, although air quality continued to be “very poor.”

A measure of tiny, hazardous breathable particles known as PM 2.5 reached an average of 182 by 12 p.m., the Central Pollution Control Board said, its lowest since Nov. 4.

But the pollution level was still five times more than a U.S. government recommended level of 35 to stand at “unhealthy” levels, according to the U.S. embassy.

Problem not solved

“Change in weather conditions by rain or higher wind speed helps dissipate peak pollution, but we continue to need strong emergency actions such as shutting power plants,” said Anumita Roychowdhury of the Center for Science and Environment think-tank.

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People take early morning walk amid smog in New Delhi, Dec. 26, 2018. In the Indian capital, the air quality hovered between severe and very poor this week posing a serious health hazard for millions of people. VOA

The federal government air quality index rated Delhi’s air quality “very poor” Sunday and had a similar forecast for Monday, urging people with respiratory and cardiac problems to avoid polluted areas and limit outdoor movement.

A sharp drop in temperatures and wind speed over the last two weeks, combined with vehicle and industrial emissions, dust from building sites and smoke from garbage burning has stoked pollution over much of north India.

Dangerous particles

Levels of PM 2.5, or particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, hit their highest last year at 450Dec. 23.

Also Read:Toxic Air of Delhi Prompting People To Quit City

Despite the pollution, there is little sign Delhi’s 20 million residents are taking steps to protect themselves.

Activists say the apparent lack of concern gives politicians the cover they need for not tackling the issue adequately. (VOA)