UP cops thrash 7-yr-old girl for ‘stealing’
The inhuman face of the police was beamed across the nation on Tuesday, when two UP policemen were caught on camera torturing a seven-year-old Dalit child, Komal, for allegedly stealing Rs 280 from a shopper, report W Siddiqui, S Agarwal & C Chauhan.india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 14:40 IST
The inhuman face of the police was beamed across the nation on Tuesday, when two Uttar Pradesh (UP) policemen were caught on camera torturing a seven-year-old Dalit child, Komal, for allegedly stealing Rs 280 from a shopper.
On Tuesday, Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Brij Lal said, “One of the cops was terminated from service while the other has been suspended.”
The shopper, Anju Katheria, handed over Komal to the Jaswantnagar police station. Katheria alleged that while she was shopping at a fair in Jaswantnagar, the girl stole cash from her purse.
Komal's mother, however, denied the theft charge and filed a case against the two policemen — sub-inspector Shyam Lal and inspector-in-charge Chandrabhan Singh.
“From Nithari incident to the Aarushi murder case, the state administration has shown utmost insensibility towards children. I don't have a hunter to make them perform,” said Women and Child Development minister Renuka Chowdhury.
Curiously, UP is one of the few states in the country that does not have a State Commission for Child Rights. The state has been planning to set up it for the last one year.
What's more, the state has only 11 child welfare committees for its 70 districts, although the Juvenile Justice Act 2006 stipulates that every district should have such a committee.
Dr Brigeetha VV, chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, Lucknow, said the state government was not at all serious about child welfare. “Every time we approach the government with the request to establish child welfare committees, they say they can't find the right persons for these committees,” she said.