Thursday, April 25, 2013

slams cops for assault on women, says police

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognizance of police assault on unarmed women in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and has sought action taken report against the errant cops in both the cases.

Slamming the action of cops, the apex court said the police in India have gone berserk and asked UP chief secretary and Delhi Police to explain how they think women should be treated by the police force.

A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi directed the Delhi Police commissioner to file an affidavit to explain why a young girl was beaten up during the protest against the rape of five-year-old in the national capital.

A woman protester was slapped by a policeman during protests outside a hospital in northeast Delhi against the brutal rape of a 5-year-old girl.

The cop involved in the incident was suspended after the \'slap\' footage was aired by the TV channels.

Referrring to the other incident of police action in Aligarh, the apex court said, \"The way a 65-year-old lady was pushed to the ground with brute force by a DSP in UP and the way another cop slapped a young girl in Delhi making her bleed from ears shows their mindset towards women.\"

Women protesting against cops refusal to file an FIR on a missing six-year-old girl were beaten up mercilessly by policemen in Aligarh on Thursday, with TV cameras recording visuals of several activists being brutalized by men in uniform.

Describing such incidents of police excesses as \"insult to the country\", the apex court said they have to be prevented.

\"Even an animal won\'t do what the police officers are doing everyday in different parts of the country,\" the bench said while referring to the Aligarh incident.

The apex court has asked the UP chief secretary to file an affidavit on the incident.

\"Is your government left without shame?\" the bench asked Gaurav Bhatia, the counsel appearing for the UP government.

The court, while slamming the state government, also recalled the resignation by Lal Bahadur Shastri from the post of the Railway Minister taking moral responsibility following a railway accident.

\"Where has your sense gone?\" the bench said, adding, \"How can police officers beat an unarmed lady?\"
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