Archit Watts, Tribune News Service
Muktsar, December 23. At a time when the whole country is witnessing protests over crime against women, a youth passed obscene comments against a woman constable in Mallan village in Gidderbaha assembly constituency.
When the constable and her colleagues objected to the misbehaviour, the youth and his friends allegedly thrashed the policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector. The turban of the Assistant Sub-Inspector, Ram Singh, was also tossed in the air by the accused.
The incident reportedly occurred during the recording of a cultural programme, “Mela Melian Da”, to be shown on a television channel next week. Sources said a large number of people, including a few politicians, were present in the government school of Mallan village when the incident occurred.
Sources said the accused, identified as Gagandeep Singh of Mallan village, first allegedly passed lewd comments against the female constable and then returned with his accomplices and thrashed the policemen who had tried to stop him.
Muktsar Senior Superintendent of Police Surjeet Singh said, “The statements of the female constable and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Singh are being recorded and the process to register an FIR against Gagandeep Singh and his associates is on at Kotbhai police station. The youths are at large but will be arrested soon.”
Interestingly, it was only yesterday that the district police had launched a 24-hour women helpline so that women facing any kind of threat anywhere across the district could lodge an immediate complaint.
Nobody safe in state: Congress MLA
Flaying the incident, Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amrinder Singh “Raja” Warring said, “This incident shows that even policemen are not safe in Punjab. If any youngster can misbehave with a woman constable and that too in full public view, how can we think that other girls are safe…. Nobody is safe under the Akalis.”