Uttar Pradesh: Female cops suspended for taking selfie while guarding acid attack victim
Lucknow, Mar. 25: In Uttar Pradesh, three women cops were suspended yesterday for allegedly taking a selfie in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while on duty with a gang-rape and acid attack victim who was undergoing treatment in Lucknow’s KGMU Hospital.
The victim, who allegedly has faced acid attacks and gang rape in the past, claimed that she was forced to drink acid by some youths when she was returning to Lucknow by the Ganga-Gomti Express on Thursday.She has been taken to the King George’s Medical University for treatment later.
However, the three Police constables, deployed there for her protection, took selfies with the victim in her bed
and the picture went viral on the social medias. After that, a red-faced Uttar Pradesh police department had to call for suspension and order a probe.
The incident came to light when the victim got off the train at Charbagh station and gave a written complaint to the government railway police, the officials said. The woman worked at a coffee shop managed exclusively by acid-attack survivors.
The unfortunate situation of the victim also caught the attention of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who visited her in King George’s Medical University and also gave a Rs 1 lakh assistance in the hand of Victim’s husband. He also desired that the guilty be arrested.
The Chief minister also directed the police officials to immediately nab the accused in the case and initiate strict action against the guilty.
Later, the police claimed to have arrested the two accused persons identified as Bhondu Singh and Guddu Singh in the incident.
As indicated by police officials, the stunning episode came to light when the lady got off the Allahabad-Lucknow Ganga Gomti Express at Charbagh station here and gave a written complaint to the railway police. She had written it being not able to talk, they said.
According to the complaint, the victim said that two people constrained her to drink acid around 10.30 AM yesterday. This was professedly the fourth assault against the woman. Supposedly, in 2012, she was assaulted with a knife while in 2013 she was assaulted with acid, police sources said. Two men had supposedly gang-raped and assaulted her with acid over a property dispute in her home at Unchahar (Raebareli) in 2009, 100 kilometers from Lucknow, they included.
The lady works with a cafe keep running by acid assault survivors in Lucknow and had gone home on March 10 as her little girl was taking class 10 examinations, according to police sources. The victim told the cops that she was returning yesterday when the episode occurred. She was then taken to the King George’s Medical University for treatment where three ladies constables, conveyed to protect her, brought selfies with the victim in the hospital bed.
The implied photos, which turned into a social media sensation, demonstrate the three constables sitting close to the bed of the victim. A Satish Ganesh, IG (Lucknow Zone), named the three constables “harsh” and guaranteed action against them. The three were suspended and a probe into the incident ordered.
In a meeting later, Aditya Nath likewise told state officials requested effective steps in instances of acid assaults.
(With ANI Input)