Are protesting women easy targets for harassment? This Delhi cop thinks so

Someone teach these cops some manners, please.

Sarwat Fatima Sarwat Fatima Nov 09, 2016
Seriously, can things get any worse? Photo courtesy: Twitter/ SwatiJaiHind

Seriously, can things get any worse? Amidst panic caused due to the ban of 500 and 1000 rupee notes and collective hysteria over Trump winning the US presidential elections, there's one piece of news that has gone unnoticed. Twenty three days ago, 27-year-old JNU student Najeeb Ahmed mysteriously disappeared from campus, after an alleged altercation with some ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) party members.

After the police failed to track him down, around 200 people along with Ahmed's mother Fatima Nafees, and his sister, Sadaf held a protest march at India Gate on Sunday. It should come as no surprise that things got ugly to the extent that one female student was allegedly groped by a policeman. Of late, we have witnessed quite a few student marches and protests, and each time, they end with the lot being dragged and detained. So, this particular protest was no different. However, the camera did manage to capture one specific case of police brutality, this time.

A picture, which is doing rounds on the Internet, shows a policeman inappropriately touching a female student, and people are outraged. Rightly so. Shouldn't women protestors be handled by a female cop? What gives these perverts the right to manhandle women, in the garb of restoring peace and normalcy? After the incident, many took to Twitter to condemn the action, asking the authorities to suspend the perpetrator.

Chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DSW), Swati Maliwal, too expressed her anguish over a tweet.

Women are outraged, authorities are outraged, and there's pictorial proof; but Delhi police is blatantly refuting such accusations. Now, the least they could have is-put out a statement, apologizing for the misfortunate incident. But, they have done nothing of that sort, so far.

It would be highly unfortunate, if the accused walks away scot free, just because the authorities fail to take a stringent action and cite the nature of protest as a valid reason for his response. Aren't we past that? How long will we keep blaming the circumstances for the atrocities that women are subjected to, every f**king day? This needs to stop. And it has to be done NOW.

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