NCW to send notice to 'shameless' baton wielding UP Police
National Commission of Women (NCW) Chairperson Mamta Sharma on Tuesday called on the Uttar Pradesh Government to take appropriate action against police personnel who had resorted to a baton charge on women protesting over an accident on National Highway-2. Sharma said the NCW would be sending a notice to the state government, and added that both were extremely insensitive.
"The Uttar Pradesh Police do not listen to anyone and it has become so shameless. The government should take an appropriate action on them. The police commissioner had conducted a big programme on police sensitization, but despite this if the government and the police are so insensitive, is very unfortunate," she said.
"I will be sending a notice tomorrow. This is a democratic set up, and protests are a part of it. There are many ways to control it but beating women is very unfortunate and sad," she added.
Meanwhile, Congress leader from Firozabad Raj Babbar said: "The baton charge on women relatives who were protesting for the accident victims is a shameful act. The Uttar Pradesh Government should look into this matter seriously."
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sidharth Nath Singh said it was a shameful act, and the police behaved like hooligans.
"The manner in which such violent behavior was shown towards women, who were also baton-charged, I am really not ashamed to say that in the province ruled by goons, the police also has resorted to hooliganism," he said.
The incident has sparked a sharp criticism of the state government and the police, who were seen ruthlessly beating women protesters on Monday in Firozabad district.
Reportedly, women were protesting against an accident at NH-2 when police baton-charged them to clear the highway. The cops were seen beating the women with sticks, slapping and even kicking them.
(Posted on 15-01-2014)