Faridabad: Policemen beat woman with belt, video goes viral
The country needs police reforms. This was proved once again on Monday after a video emerged on social media. In the video, officers of Faridabad Police can be seen thrashing a woman during interrogation. After the clip started an outrage on social media, Haryana Police swung to action and suspended two head constables. Three Special Police Officers were fired as well. Here's what happened.
The video dates back to October 2018. The officers of Adarsh Nagar Police Station had received a tip-off that a couple indulged in "illegal activities" in a park. When the officers arrived, the man managed to escape but the woman was detained. The police officers then started interrogating her but soon turned violent. It seems the video was secretly filmed.
The nearly four-minute-long video is harrowing to watch. The woman, wearing a saree, can be seen surrounded by police officers. Two personnel were dressed in plain clothes. One of the officers can be seen threatening the woman and beating her with a belt. The woman handed over a contact number to the officers and pleaded them to let her go but they didn't listen.
Taking cognizance of the matter, Commissioner of Faridabad Police, Sanjay Kumar, said the officers violated the law and embarrassed Haryana Police. He promised to deal with them "sternly". While two head constables, Baldev and Rohit were suspended, three SPOs Krishan, Harpal, and Dinesh have been dismissed. Apart from this, an FIR under relevant sections of IPC was also registered against the accused officers.
Separately, Additional Director General of Haryana Police (law and order) Navdeep Virk, said the police department has taken "a strong view of the incident". "Haryana Police is committed to respect and safety of women, and would not hesitate to take the strictest possible action even against its own personnel in case they act in an unlawful manner," Virk said in a tweet.