Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini on Tuesday said strict action will be taken against policemen who beat up a girl in Tarn Taran after she went to them with a complaint of eve teasing.
Saini told mediapersons that once the police inquiries and the magisterial probe is completed,further action will be taken against the erring policemen. Whatever the provocation,the police should not have lifted a hand or a stick at the woman. It is unpardonable, he said. I have been told that there are only two men seen in the video clipping (of the incident) both of whom have been suspended. If others are involved,we will take against them as well, he added. Claiming that he was yet to see the clipping himself,he said: I apologise. Ill see it just now.
Constables of the Punjab Police were shown beating up a girl,who had come to attend a family wedding in Tarn Taran. The media exposure spurred the government into action against the policemen two of whom were immediately suspended. However,though the footage showed some other policemen also involved in the act,no action has been taken against them.
Terming the incident as unfortunate,ADGP (Law and Order) Dinkar Gupta said initial inquiries have revealed that the thrashing of the girl was part of a larger fight that was going on between those who had come to attend the wedding and taxi drivers,who had brought them to the venue from the village.
The incident happened on March 3. The wedding was over and everyone was getting ready to go back. However,a fight began among the grooms family and the taxi drivers over something. When the police arrived on the scene outside the wedding venue,a full blown brawl was on. Lot of people were involved in the brawl and more policemen were called, said Gupta.
He added: On seeing the police,the taxi drivers fled but the boys family,which included the girl and her father,started beating up the policemen. Initial reports also suggest that the men attending the marriage were drunk. The girl was also abusing the policemen. It was in that broader situation that the girl was hit by policemen. Three policemen too had received injuries during the brawl with the grooms family,he claimed.
Contrary to the findings of the police,the girl who had been beaten up,had alleged that the policemen beat her up after she complained to them about eve teasing.
Saini said whichever version was correct,the act cannot be justified. Though the cops who did this also have their point of view,there is no justification for them to have hit the girl, he said.
Asked why the constables had not been dismissed,Saini said: Immediate action has been taken against the two constables and once the inquiries are completed,strict action will be taken against them.
When asked why an FIR has not been lodged against the policemen,the DGP said the girl has not lodged a complaint against the police. There is a complaint given by the girl about her having been molested by two persons after the incident. But there is no complaint against the police. The father of the girl has also said in his statement that he had nothing against the police, said Saini.
Complaint or no complaint. Action will be taken against the cops, he added.