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NCW seeks probe into Punjab woman's thrashing

The National Commission for Women (NCW) Tuesday asked the Punjab Police chief to probe the attack on a woman by policemen in the state’s Tarn Taran district.


Double whammy: The victim arrives with her father to address media  during a protest against Punjab police and the state government. Pic/AFP

The NCW has issued a notice to the Punjab’s Director General of Police (DGP) to investigate the incident and apprise the commission about the actual facts of the case along with action taken report, within three days.

The commission took suo motu cognisance of the media reports of the incident and sent the notice, NCW sources said.
A 23-year-old woman was allegedly harassed by a truck driver on Monday while returning from a wedding party.

When she approached constables, whom they spotted on the road at Tarn Taran near Amritsar, the victim alleged that instead of helping her, the police personnel took a bribe from the driver and started beating her. Police personnel were even caught on camera thrashing the young woman.

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Tuesday ordered a magisterial probe into the case. Punjab Police on Tuesday said that it was “examining all evidence” of the incident. DGP Sumedh Singh Saini told media here: “Whatever the facts may be, whatever the provocation, it was wrong to raise a hand or lathi (cane baton) on a lady.”

Saini said two police personnel, seen in the video hitting the young woman on Sunday, would remain under suspension till the magisterial inquiry ordered by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was completed. 

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