"Even after 65 years of Independence, helpless ladies are beaten up," said Supreme Court, highlighting the plight of Indian women.
The apex court made the observation in the context of a woman being beaten up by Punjab policemen in Tarn Taran, Punjab last month and Bihar Police's lathicharge of school teachers on protest in Patna last month.
Supreme Court took suo moto cognisance of the cases and had issued notices to the Chief Secretaries of Bihar and Punjab and the state police chiefs, seeking their explanation for police excesses.
The Supreme Court had earlier demanded an explanation from the Punjab government regarding the issue. After the apex court's intervention, the two constables were arrested.
"Was she a terrorist?" the Supreme Court asked earlier this week as it demanded information on how the cops involved had been penalised. Earlier, the woman complained of sexual harassment by truck drivers was beaten up by several personnel of the Punjab Police in Tarn Taran and the act was caught on camera.
Last month, a 22-year-old woman was beaten up by Punjab policemen on the streets.
Police has beaten up the woman's father and brother too. "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," the woman alleged.