Jalandhar: Several personnel of the Punjab Police were caught on camera beating up a woman in Taran Taran on Sunday. The woman had reportedly complained of sexual harassment. She said that she had been harassed by truck drivers.
However, the policemen started beating up the woman's father after he approached them. When the woman intervened, she was pushed, thrashed, slapped on the head, hit with a lathi and shoved aside. The police also reportedly sided with the truck drivers.
Two of the policemen were later suspended and a departmental inquiry has been ordered.
Speaking to reporters, the woman said, "My father and brother went to talk to the truck drivers who were harassing me. The policemen standing there asked what was happening. Once they learned what happened they took the drivers' side and started beating us."
Congress leader Sunil Jakhad said that this was not an "uncommon instance". "This is police brutality. There is no law and order in Punjab. Now (CM Parkash Singh) Badal has ordered an inquiry. Suspension and inquiry are not the cure for such things. It is just a reflection of how the Akali-BJP government is functioning. This is goonda raj in uniform."
Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi 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.
The incident speaks volumes about the attitude of the policemen towards women in the country.