Exactly a year after the Supreme Court said those who commit honour killings deserve the death penalty, a top police officer in Uttar Pradesh has landed in trouble for remarks encouraging the practice.
Saharanpur deputy inspector general (DIG) Satish Kumar Mathur was caught on camera telling the father of a minor girl, who is suspected to have eloped or been abducted, that had it been his sister, he would have either killed her or committed suicide.
The state government on Wednesday sought a report from DGP AC Sharma on Mathur’s comment even as the National Commission for Women demanded his suspension.
The missing girl’s family, which has accused two persons of abducting her on March 19, had approached the IPS officer for help on Tuesday.
After hearing the complaint, the DIG said, “If your daughter has eloped then you should be ashamed and end your life. I would have killed my sister if she had eloped or else would have committed suicide.”
Additional director general of police (law and order) Jagmohan Yadav said Mathur had denied making the remark.
Jeans not decent, says Haryana dept
Haryana’s women and child development (WCD) department on Wednesday stuck to a controversial dress code imposed on staffers. The code prohibits officials from wearing jeans and T-shirts to office and advocates wearing “decent” clothes.
The code had on April 19 ordered women to wear sarees or salwar-kameez with dupatta and men to don pants and shirt.
Staffers have opposed the code but all WCD minister Geeta Bhukkal is prepared to do is replace the word “decent” with “formal” in the circular.