The appalling video of a UP Police sub-inspector getting a foot massage at the police station has gone viral online, while sparking a huge outcry among Netizens – and quite justifiably so.
The video, apparently shot in July, at the Mohanlalganj police station shows sub-inspector Ram Yagya Yadav getting a foot massage by a man, while squatting on the floor, near him. Yadav seems to be casually talking on the phone, and other officials were going about their work as usual as if there was nothing wrong with what was going on.
The police reportedly said it was not clear whether the person giving the foot massage was a complainant or a detainee, nevertheless, the video has drawn many angry reactions after being posted online. After the video was posted online, tweeple started tagging the UP Police Twitter handle in an attempt to bring the matter to their attention. According to an ANI report, the sub-inspector has since been suspended by Senior Superintendent of Police Manjil Saini.
This is not the first time such an incident has happened either. In June, another sub-inspector in UP’s Hardoi district was caught on camera receiving a massage from a woman at the police station. The video was stealthily recorded and posted online, after which it went viral. In that situation as well, the sub-inspector had been suspended after women organisations and activists staged a protest outside the Kotwali Nagar police station.
According to The Hindu, it was later found that the woman in question was a professional masseuse who used herbal medicine to cure aches and pains, and the policeman was apparently suffering from severe joint ache.
Watch the video of the Mohanlalganj police station here.
CAUGHT ON CAM: Policeman gets foot massage by a person who came to file a complaint in Lucknow (23/7/16)https://t.co/mG40yqVfxp
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 1, 2016
Here are some of the reactions to the video:
— rupal vasavada (@meeeeaaaoooooww) August 1, 2016
— d p singh (@dpsingh2202) August 1, 2016
According to ANI, the circle officer has been handed the inquiry into the matter and given two weeks time to submit his report.