Mob attacks pregnant woman, kids in Kerala
A pregnant woman and her children were stripped and beaten up by a mob accusing her of stealing in a market in Edappal in Malappuram district of Kerala on Sunday, reports Ramesh Babu.Updated: Oct 09, 2007 02:35 IST
A pregnant woman and her children were stripped and beaten up by a mob accusing her of stealing in a market in Edappal in Malappuram district of Kerala on Sunday.
As local TV channels broadcast a blow-by-blow account of the incident, an embarrassed government rushed a high-level police team to the spot. Two policemen were suspended and five persons arrested.
Police rescued 41-year-old Jyoti and her two children, who were left on the road unattended for nearly an hour and a half. All three were seriously injured and the police discharged them after administering first aid.
The assault took place in the busy market area when a customer raised an alarm, saying her child's golden anklets had been stolen. Soon, Tamil-speaking vagabonds were noticed outside shops and a mob gathered. Baying for blood, the mob pounced on the woman, a street dweller, and her children, police said.
Though they were made to undergo a forced body search, the missing ornaments were not found on them.
“An incident like this should not have take place in a state like Kerala. We will not allow the state to turn into another Bihar. The government will take stringent measures to check such cases,” said state home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
The State Human Rights Commission has taken up the case suo motu and ordered the Malappuram SP to appear before it on October 25. It has also asked the DGP to explain why the police freed the victims without administering proper medical aid.
“We are also looking into lapses on the part of the police. Strict action would be taken against the erring policemen,” IG
(central range) Vijayanand said.
First Published: Oct 09, 2007 02:34 IST