SSP dis­misses home guard for eve-teas­ing

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: A day af­ter a girl in Gov­ern­ment Col­lege for Girls Sec­tor 11 com­plained to the SSP about mis­be­haviour by a cop while trav­el­ing in a lo­cal bus, the cop was iden­ti­fied and dis­missed from ser­vice.

The girl had high­lighted the act of mis­be­hav­ior by the cop dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tion with the UT Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Nau­ni­hal Singh at the col­lege on Thurs­day. The SSP marked an in­quiry and a team was con­sti­tuted un­der the su­per­vi­sion of sec­tor 19 SHO Har­jeet Kaur, who iden­ti­fied the cops as home guard vol­un­teer Shri Om Sharma posted at Sec­tor 43 in­ter state bus ter­mi­nus.

The SSP had gone for the in­ter­ac­tion fol­low­ing a spurt in the re­port­ing of eve teas­ing in­ci­dents from across the city, es­pe­cially by col­lege go­ing students.

Giv­ing de­tails, the SSP said the ac­cused was a res­i­dent of Sarang­pur and had teased the col­lege stu­dent af­ter she boarded a Chandi­garh Trans­port Undertaking bus from Sec­tor 44 mar­ket on Septem­ber 26. The SSP said the home guard vol­un­teer has been re­moved from ser­vice, as his ac­tion was un­be­com­ing of an of­fi­cer.

No crim­i­nal charges have been pressed against the cop, as the par­ents of the girl did not wish to pur­sue the mat­ter. The SSP as­serted that this should serve as a de­ter­rent for all, adding that ac­tion would also be taken against any po­lice of­fi­cial found act­ing in a neg­li­gent man­ner on a com­plaint of eveteas­ing. Even if a cop ig­nores an in­ci­dent of mis­be­haviour with a girl will be viewed very se­ri­ously.

Mean­while, the SSP said girls have been asked to drop their com­plaints in the col­lege com­plaint box. This gave them the choice of keep­ing their com­plaint anony­mous, he said. 6 CASES OVER 2 DAYS

DSP (PCR) Roshan Lal said at least 15 girls had ap­proached the po­lice with their griev­ances over the past two days and six cases of eve-teas­ing had been reg­is­tered. The po­lice ar­rested a Sec­tor 23 res­i­dent Su­nil from the sec­tor’s po­lice post and booked un­der sec­tion 294 of IPC. In a sim­i­lar case, sec­tor 46 res­i­dent Rahul was ar­rested from the sec­tor mar­ket on a girl’s com­plaint.

HT PHOTO

UT SSP Nau­ni­hal Singh ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons in Chandi­garh on Fri­day.

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