The video of a teenage girl thrashing a boy inside a police station in Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit district for allegedly harassing her has gone viral on social networking sites.
The girl stopped Ankit Rajput's motorcycle on Sunday by blocking the way with her bicycle in front of Puranpur police station and dragged him inside the premises, police said.
In the video, the girl is seen hitting the boy with her shoe and making him touch her feet as an apology for allegedly harassing her.
The police personnel present seemed to be egging her on with a voice heard saying, "chal beta, maar.""He used to harass us every day. When it went beyond limits and the abuses grew worse, we decided to act," the girl later told ANI.
Though the police let the youth off with an apology as no complaint was made from the girl's side, superintendent of police JK Shahi has ordered an inquiry.
Social media was split over the incident with most users calling her brave and congratulating her "teaching the harasser a lesson."
@htTweets AWESOME!!! why is the police officer not saying anything to the boy— vikas saxena (@vikas_1967) July 7, 2015
@htTweets well work done by this girl,police n politicians r just DHRITRASHT— ????? ????? (@nithallachulha) July 7, 2015
Others were of the view that such an incident should not have happened inside a police station.
@htTweets This is not good. Instead police should ahve acted.— Keyboard Warrior (@keyboardyoddha) July 7, 2015
@htTweets This is wrong! Why not go for Sharia? Why is ISIS wrong?— Sanjay Desai (@desaisanjay) July 7, 2015
The incident also took political overtones with the BJP saying it showed that crimes against women were increasing in Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh.
"The incident has once again brought to light the poor law and order situation in UP where sexual harassment and rape are becoming daily affairs," BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.