Woman beating: Magisterial probe ordered

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 05, 2013 11:52 hrs

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday ordered a magisterial probe into the thrashing of a woman by policemen in Tarn Taran district of the north Indian state.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal told Hindustan Times: "It is imperative for every member of the police force to act in a most disciplined and professional manner. There is zero tolerance towards any misconduct, especially against women."

Four policemen were suspended in Punjab after they were caught on camera hitting a woman who purportedly tried to complain about being harassed by a truck driver.

Reacting to the incident, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma told media: "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," she said.

Shocking the entire nation, a 23-year-old woman said she had been harassed by the truck driver while returning from a wedding party.

The family of the victim reported the incident to the constables who they spotted on the road at Tarn Taran near Amritsar.

But after taking a bribe from the driver the constables started beating her, she alleged and the video of the incident was shot on a cellphone by a witness.

A senior police officer later tried to defend the cops involved saying the constables were only trying to prevent a fight.

Some other police officers said an altercation began between the family and the cops when constables tried to arrest the victim´s father, who was allegedly drunk and was misbehaving.

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