UP policeman suspended for beating up Dalit woman
Amethi, Feb 18: India has another image of police brutality to remember as a video of a Uttar Pradesh police inspector beating up a Dalit woman to extract a confession while a woman constable views as a mute spectator has emerged.
The footage which hit the television screens on news channels invited attention and action from the superiors as the policeman has now been suspended.
However, no action has been taken against the woman constable, who claims that she was too scared to stand up to her superior, reports Times Now.
The incident took place in Amethi, which is Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary constituency.
The policeman, identified as SHO of Musafirkhana police station Kailash Dwivedi, was caught on camera beating up a Dalit woman and tearing her clothes.
Sangeeta Kori was the woman being questioned in connection with her husband's murder.
While human rights activists have express contempt over the issue, the incident violated the Code of criminal procedure specifying the norms on arresting women.
Uttar Pradesh has a notorious distinction in police brutality cases. Recently Allahabad reported two custodial deaths as the men in the lockup died after being beaten up with lathis and riflea by policemen.
Another video surfaced recently showing the Lucknow District Magistrate slapping a subordinate.
National Commission for Women has also reacted strongly against the incident. This behaviour can't happen in any civilised country, how can he wear a uniform and do it, the former chairperson of NCW, Poornima Advani told India Today.