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Apr 25, 2013 at 01:29pm IST

SC slams Delhi Police, UP Chief Secy for crackdown on women protesters

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has slammed the police crackdown on women. It pulled up the Delhi Police and sought an explanation from the Commissioner, Neeraj Kumar, on the use of force on young girls who were demonstrating at an East Delhi hospital against the alleged rape of a five-year-old.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the apex court has asked Kumar to file an affidavit to explain why a young lady protester was slapped by a policeman. "Where has your sense gone?" the bench said, adding, "How can police officers beat an unarmed lady?"

The court also came down heavily on the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh for the police excesses in Aligarh where a group of policemen had lathicharged protestors who were demonstrating against the alleged rape and murder of a child and police inaction. A 65-year-old woman and a child were injured in that crackdown at Aligarh.

The court has reiterated that the police have to be sensitised to deal with such instances and must exercise empathy as they would if their own female relatives were in place of the unarmed women who were attacked.

Describing these incidents as an "insult to the country", the 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.

"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.

(With additional information from PTI)

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