The Aligarh police have suspended three cops, including a circle officer seen on camera manhandling the woman whose six-year-old daughter was found dead in a garbage dump on Thursday. But their senior soon proved how pervasive insensitivity is in the force when he said, “How can you or we decide this? Did the girl’s relatives see her being raped?”
Aligarh’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amit Pathak was addressing a press conference when he said this on Thursday night. An autopsy report later confirmed that the child was sexually assaulted. A murder case has been registered and the police said the charge of rape was likely to be added today.
Additional Director General, Aligarh, yesterday termed these comments “very unfortunate”. “A senior cop should not have made these comments. He has expressed regret. The DIG also asked to probe this, we will decide what action to take after probe report is out,” said Arun Kumar. The child’s body was found on Thursday morning and in a few hours, nearly a hundred protesters had gathered in the neighbourhood shouting slogans against the police. Some of the protesters allegedly threw stones at the cops.
The cops used batons on the crowd, and attacked the victim’s parents, dragging the mother on the ground. About 30 people were injured. The deputy inspector general of the Aligarh division, D Prakash, acknowledged yesterday that “unnecessary force was used on protesters”. The SSP’s remarks are also being probed. The police have said an enquiry will be completed in three days.