A story reported by the NDTV is going viral.
On 23rd September, a woman and her Muslim friend in Uttar Pradesh, both medical students in their twenties, were targeted by a group of men, allegedly from the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The men barged into the man’s home, manhandled the pair and handed them over to the police.
A Hindu woman in Uttar Pradesh was thrashed by police officers last week over marrying a Muslim man. The video is drawing backlash of the online users.
In the footage, apparently the footage in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, shows the unnamed woman in a police van being attacked and abused by four policemen. Incidentally, they are the ones who seem to have rescued her from a mob attack over the same ‘crime’.
The video was shot when the police were taking the couple to the police station in separate vehicles.
“You prefer Muslims when there are so many Hindus around,” a policeman was heard taunting the woman in the running car.
At this point, a woman constable among the personnel also starts beating the lady and removes the scarf which she was using to cover her face while the beating continued.
The Hindu woman, who was harassed by VHP men and Meerut police for befriending a Muslim man, has also alleged that she was asked by the officers to file a rape case against her friend if she wanted to ‘walk free’.
“While I was waiting at the police station for my family, the policemen forced me to file a rape case against my friend. They told me that they would let me walk free only if I listened to them. Later, the officers gave the same advice to my family,” the Times of India quoted.
The personnel involved in the attack have reportedly been suspended and a probe into the incident is underway. The attackers accused the two of “love jihad”, a term used by right wing groups to describe a relationship between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man.
“The police had absolutely no business in doing what they did. That’s why we have suspended them. We have initiated a probe and will take further action based on the findings of the report,” said Kumar Ranvijay Singh, a senior police office in Meerut.
The harassment didn’t stop even after they reached the police station. The men from the right-wing organisation surrounded the couple and abused them. Additional police force had to be called in to control the situation.
None of the men involved have been arrested, reported NDTV.
This is one of the several other such incidents that have been reported in the past. Last year, a video showing a middle-aged woman reprimanding a young girl and repeatedly slapping her, had gone viral. The woman, who was mercilessly slapping the girl, was Sangeeta Varshney, President of BJP’s Mahila Morcha, Aligarh.
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Hindu Yuva Vahini is known for their violent and ruthless ways of dealing with inter-religious couples. In fact, four months ago prior to this Aligarh incident as well, the “moral policing” group made national headlines for barging into the house and parading an inter-religious couple to the police station.