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Punjab cops beat up women; Four suspended; Badal orders magisterial probe; NCW want state home minister to Quit

March 5, 2013 | By

Tarn Taran/Chandgiarh, Punjab (March 05, 2013): The recent episode of police beating a young women who had asked for help, has once again revealed the degenerated state of policing affairs in the state of Punjab.

Cops beat Women in Punjab (March 2013)

It is notable that Policemen in Punjab’s Tarn Taran were caught up on a mobile camera while beating up a young woman and her father after she went to them with a complaint of sexual harassment.

It is learnt that India’s National Commission for Women (NCW) has asked that the state home minister must resign.

“This barbaric incident took place when the girl went to the police for help, it is their duty to ensure that a judicial probe looks into the matter. The state home minister must also resign” NCW Chairperson Mamta Sharma reportedly said.

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has also vented her anger against the errant policemen and said that suo motu action could be taken against them. “The video is evidence. They have got proof. They can take suo motu action,” she said.

Meanwhile there are reports that four cops have been suspended in relation to this incident. SSP Kanwaljit Singh Dhillon reportedly told reporters on March 04, 2013 that four policemen have been suspended in connection with the case and departmental has also begun.

It is also learnt that Punjab’s chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

It is believed that the issue was able to get public attention because some one recorded this terrible incident through his cell phone camera. Unfortunately these type of incidents are frequent in Punjab and the police department and the government has turned blind eye on it.

The repeated occurrence of such abuses also expose the failure of Human rights commissions set-up by the state.

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