Cops beat Woman: Will Punjab administration end lawlessness?

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New Delhi, March 5: Shocking TV footages which showed horrific act of policemen beating up a woman on the streets once again reiterated the fact that lawlessness in Punjab has reached its nadir.

Although authorities in Punjab have suspended four policemen, who brutally thrashed the woman on the street and were caught on camera, but Punjab government has to answer many questions regarding lawlessness in the state.

An angry National Commission for Women demanded resignation of state home minister. "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 said.

Cops beat Woman

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi too demanded strict action against the erring policemen. "The video is evidence. They have got proof. They can take suo motu action," she said.

Many say police atrocities in Punjab are not new. Moreover, women in the state are not at all safe.

"If policemen can beat a woman in full public view, imagine the danger women face in the state," said Balbir Kaur, an engineering student.

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."

The woman who complained of sexual harassment by truck drivers was beaten up by several personnel of the Punjab Police in Taran Taran and the act was caught on camera on Sunday.

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.

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