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.