Three cops including a woman constable in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut were suspended on Tuesday, September 25 after a video surfaced on social media of a woman being abused and slapped by the policemen and woman constable for being friends with a Muslim Man, as reported by news agency ANI. In the video, 4 policemen were seen beating the woman, while one of them asked, “why to choose a Muslim man over Hindus? Do you like a Muslim being a Hindu?”
According to the UP police, the incident occurred 2 or 3 days ago. The victim and her friend were brought to the police station in the medical area after a complaint was registered against the accused by an organisation, as reported by the Indian Express.
According to Kumar Ranvijay Singh, a senior police officer in Meerut, the police had no role in what the duo was doing, and that is the reason behind their suspension. Singh affirmed that Tthe police has inited a probe and will take action based on the report.
A report by the NDTV said that the incident took place on Sunday, when the woman and her Muslim friend, both in the 20s, were assaulted by a group of men from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which is affiliated with the right-wing.
The frenzied group barged into the man’s house and brutally thrashed the duo and handed them to the state police, the report said.
The perpetrators accused the duo of “love-jihad”, a term coined by the right-wing Hindutva groups to describe a relationship between a Muslim Man and a Hindu woman.