Kanpur: A 16-year-old girl who tried to file a complaint of molestation at a police station in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh was subjected to harassment by the head constable.
A video of the incident was tweeted by Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who has questioned the behaviour of the cop.
“This is how they behave with a girl who has come to file a molestation report. On one hand, there is no let-up in crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh, and on the other hand, this is the conduct of those who are supposed to protect the law,” she tweeted in Hindi.
छेड़खानी की रिपोर्ट लिखवाने गई लड़की के साथ थाने में इस तरह का व्यवहार हो रहा है।
एक तरफ उत्तर प्रदेश में महिलाओं के खिलाफ अपराध कम नहीं हो रहे, दूसरी तरफ कानून के रखवालों का ये बर्ताव।
महिलाओं को न्याय दिलाने की पहली सीढ़ी है उनकी बात सुनना।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 25, 2019
In the video clip shot by the girl’s brother, head constable Tar Babu, who initially refused to file an FIR, is seen ‘interrogating’ the teen and is seen speaking to the girl in extremely objectionable language. He has now been removed.
“Why are you wearing a ring? Why are you wearing a ring and this necklace? Itne item kisliye daale ho (Why wear so many ‘items’? You don’t study. So much jewellery, why are you wearing it? What’s the use of these? This just shows what you really are…,” the constable tells the girl after she recounts what she faced.
When the girl’s parents try to intervene, they are rudely rebuffed by the constable, who says, “Don’t you see what the girl does? You say you work, don’t you ever come back home?”
The girl’s parents are daily wagers. The police registered an FIR (First Information Report) only after the video of the interaction at the police station went viral in Kanpur.
The Director General of Police (DGP) office said that the matter is being investigated and, if required, further action will be taken against the head constable.
Published on: July 25, 2019 at 16:02 IST