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Policemen Beat Up a Woman Trying to File a Sexual Harassment Complaint

March 5, 2013

Tarn Taran, Punjab, March 05, 2013

A 23-year-old woman returning from a wedding was sexually harassed by a truck driver.  When she went to complain to the police, instead of arresting the driver, four policemen began to beat up the woman.  A passer-by captured the incident on his phone, which got the policemen in the video below suspended from their jobs.

With increasing rates of violence against women and an inept and corrupt police force, there is a lot of emphasis laid on “gender sensitizing” the police.  Women who go to complain about dowry harassment, domestic violence, and rape are similarly harassed by the police.  In many cases rape victims have been raped in police stations!

Watch this video and tell us if you think police men like the ones in this video below can be “gender sensitized?” Do you think the term ‘gender sensitization’ is a cop out term in place of the strict disciplinary action and accountability that needs to be demanded from a competent police force?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2013 4:55 pm

    not only the male criminals – also the police, the law system, the political system has to be changed before one can discover a minimal respect vs. women in INDIA it seems …

  2. March 5, 2013 5:48 pm

    The problem is, in a country like India, many counties in Africa, the middle east, and probably many other nations around the world,, cops are a dime a dozen. It is one of the easier jobs for (mostly) men to get, and there is little in the way of a psychological screening processes to filter out cops who are mysoginist, or display any other kind of discrimination. Even in Canada, where there are fairly effective screening process, we still end up with racist cops and cops who have very sexist attitudes.

    Remember the Slut March? That was started in Toronto bya bunch of Canadian (female) law school students after a couple of (white) male, cops told a (mostly) female audience at Osgoode Halll Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada, that “if they did not want to get raped, then they shouldn’t dress like sluts”. Yup, they actually said that. So, if they already believe that the actual victim is to bllame for her own circumstances, you can just imagine who they administer the law.

    “Sensitizing” is a cop- out (pardon the pun). Police who commit actions like that should simply be fired. If you had a corporate executive, or any other person who worked at a bank get caught steeling money from the vault, do you think that “sensitizing” to not steel would be part of the disciplenary options puit forth?! They’d be fired, and they be sent to jail. Is physical assault not a crime in India?

    In most cases, particularly where there is such a flagrant disregard for the rights of the individual, I seriously doubt “training” of any kind would fix a cop like that. In Canadian parlance, they are quite simply “damaged goods” and need to be thrown out with the rest of the trash.

  3. March 5, 2013 5:51 pm

    PS: I wish your blog had an edit option in the comment box. There’s a load of spelling mistakes in my post and I can’t fix them!!

  4. March 5, 2013 6:22 pm

    Despite all the protests, despite worldwide shock and indignation at the disgusting treatment of women in India, it seems that little or no progress is being made. Thanks go to the person brave enough to capture the scene on his phone. Though pessimistic, given the misogyny, corruption and ineptitude of the Indian police (and government), I hope that criminal charges will be pressed and exemplary punishment given. Maybe an effective deterrent will work where “gender sensitization” fails.

  5. March 5, 2013 6:45 pm

    thanks rita, there is someone who takes up the issue immidiately. i was so angry yesterday night when i saw the film on aaj tak channel, how the bloody policemen were beating that slim woman. and even her relative, an elderly sikh who came to give her company, was not spared. i mean what do these policemen really think of themselves? and why do the senior officers not guide them properly that they should speak and help and not beat. i heard all 4 of them are suspended. hopefully!

  6. Kotravai permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:59 pm

    yes I do think it is a cop out term

  7. March 6, 2013 1:54 am

    I am speechless at the cruelty and brutality so often shown by the policemen in India. I have a solution: Only hire women and fire all these men. ALSO, any woman needing to file a harassment claim should only go to the police station with at least 10 male family members to protect her. This is a shame on the entire police department of the entire country. All of these men have a MOTHER — surely they would not want this to happen to their family members! I am outraged.

  8. Donna Gilbert permalink
    March 6, 2013 12:38 pm

    These men are not candidates for sexual harassment training. They are criminals engaged in physical violence with a weapon with intent to harm the woman. Prosecution and jail time is the only answer.

  9. Lizzie L. permalink
    March 6, 2013 10:20 pm

    Firing these cops is not enough. They should be tried and imprisoned. And given that this is also a violation of duty — the law surely is harsher on the cops?


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