SSP dismisses home guard for eve-teasing
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.
UT SSP Naunihal Singh addressing mediapersons in Chandigarh on Friday.