Indore mayor Malini Gaud on Wednesday condemned the arbitrary action of police on young couples at an Indore park earlier this week.
On Monday afternoon, a group of police personnel ‘raided” the park and roughed up a number of young couples, humiliated them and recorded the act on camera that has gone viral on social networking platforms. Rattled by the police action, the couples pleaded with police requesting them not to humiliate them publicly.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Gaud said: “The treatment meted out to the young couples by police was unwarranted. Parks are public places and open for everyone .”
“Nothing wrong about a couple walking hand-in-hand in a public place’
“There is nothing wrong about a couple walking hand-in-hand in a park or any public place, but if they engage on ‘indecent’ acts in public place, it is against our Indian culture,” she said.
Asked what in her view indecency in public is, the mayor said, “It is different for different individuals. One should keep in mind the culture and values in our society.”
Senior police officials posted in the district are also “unhappy” about the action taken by police constables.
‘Police constables overreacted on behest of some video journalists’
“This should not be done. Police constables have ‘overreacted’ on behest of some video journalists,” said a senior police official, who did not wish to be named.
“Police have identified the people who provide information to police control and created the drama,” he said
Police sources said that deputy inspector general of police, Indore, Santosh Kumar Singh is also unhappy about the police action and has ordered an enquiry into the incident.
“We will record the statement of the constables who were involved in the alleged humiliation of the couples and a probe report will be submitted to deputy inspector general of police in the next few days,” Annapurna Sunil Patidar, city superintendent of police, told Hindustan Times .
Arpit Jain , a software engineer working in the city said: “Police are here to protect people, if they themselves act like the Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal goons, what is the difference between them?”
“People go to the park to get some fresh air away from crowded streets and malls, what is wrong in it?” he said.
Priyanka Tiwari, a student of DAVV, said, “It is so disturbing to watch the footage, which has gone viral on social media, more because women are regularly harassed in Navlakha and Bhawarkuan neighbourhoods of the city and the police have never taken action on these people who harass women.”
“We have reported and requested police to patrol our neighbouhoods and in this video they were busy misusing power on young couples,” she said.
“Who are police to decide what is decent and what is inappropriate? It is definitely not their job.”