Woman who accused BJP leader arrested

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New Delhi

A 23-year-old law student who accused a leader of India’s governing party of sexual assault was arrested on Wednesday on charges of extortion, police said. Naveen Arora, a police officer handling the case, said the woman is accused of demanding nearly $700,000 from the lawmaker, Chinmayanand, who uses one name, and “was arrested from her residence and will be produced before a court”. In August, the student accused Chinmayanand, a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and president of the college where she studies, of sexual assault, harassment and intimidation. She first mentioned his alleged harassment in a video clip posted on social media last month.—AP