In 2015 Sarvjeet Singh’s life was changed forever. A facebook post from a Jasleen Kaur went viral, in the post-Sarvjeet Singh was described as a pervert and a harasser. The public and India’s media smelt blood and went after Sarvjeet Singh. Finally, 4 years after the incident Singh has been acquitted and can now start to rebuild his life.
Sarvjeet Singh was accused of harassment, obscene remarks and molestation at a Delhi traffic signal by AAP member Jasleen Kaur in 2015. Singh shared the news of his acquittal through a Facebook post and thanked the people who believed him and stood by him when the entire social media had declared him a criminal just on the basis of the Kaur’s words.
Four years. Endless dates. Endless humiliation & suffering for him & his family by media & society.
— Deepika Bhardwaj (@DeepikaBhardwaj) October 24, 2019
The Sarvjeet Singh Jasleen Kaur Case:
On August 23, 2015, Jasleen Kaur, a student of Delhi’s St Stephen’s College had posted a photo of Singh at a traffic signal and had claimed that he had passed obscene comments at her and had threatened her as she tried to click his photo.
Kaur’s Facebook post had gone viral within hours. Sarvjeet Singh, however, had commented on Kaur’s photo identifying himself as the guy in the viral post and had stated that he was innocent and it was Jasleen who had threatened him when he had declined to follow her directions to jump the traffic signal.
Singh was soon arrested by the police. As the case got highlighted as another example of the harassment that Delhi girls face every day, celebrities and politicians also joined in to congratulate Jasleen as a brave young lady. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had also applauded Jasleen.
Kaur has become an instant celebrity. As per an India Today report, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi had announced a reward of Rs 5000 for Kaur for her ‘bravery’.
Eye witness claim
Soon after Sarvjeet’s arrest and eye witness examinations, the case started falling flat. Vishwajeet Singh, who was present at the location, stated that Sarvjeet was innocent and it was, in fact, Jasleen who had verbally abused and misbehaved with Sarvjeet. Kaur had again taken to social media to claim she was right and the eye witness accounts were false.
For all these years, Sarvjeet Singh had dealt with the stigma of being the harasser. In 2016, he had again appealed to the people through a social media post, detailing how it was so easy to falsely accuse a man of harassment and how it is wrong to paint someone a victim and another person a harasser just on the basis of their gender.
He also stated that he had lost many job opportunities because his face has become ‘famous’ as that of a harasser and he could not even travel outside Delhi without informing the police.
Media hype and consequences
Almost all media channels had jumped in instantly to paint Sarvjeet as a pervert and a criminal. Social Media users had also widely shared Jasleen’s post and other related posts, instantly declaring Sarvjeet as a pervert. As the truth started becoming clear, it slowly became one of the cases where ‘trial by media’ totally ignored the truth and falsely branded someone as guilty. Times Now was even ordered to apologise and pay a fine by NBSA for their incessant coverage of the case wrongly portraying Sarvjeet as guilty before the courts did.