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Rape of minors: SC seeks explanation from Delhi Police on use of force against protesters

New Delhi, April 25 (ANI): A single bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday took strong exception to an assistant commissioner of police slapping a young girl during a recent protest against the rape of a minorin the national capital.

The apex court sought an explanation for the incident from Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

An apex court bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to file an affidavit to explain why a young girl was beaten up during the protest against the rape of five-year-old in Delhi.

The court made this observation in the context of ACP B.S. Ahlawat slapping the young girl at least four times. The ACP was later suspended.

Also taking cognisance of another incident of police brutality in Aligarh where a 65-year-old woman was assaulted by a senior police officer during a protest, the apex court bench directed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to file an affidavit on the incident.

Describing such incidents of police excesses as “insult to the country”, the apex court said they have to be prevented.

“Even an animal won’t do what the police officers are doing everyday in different parts of the country,” the bench said while referring to the Aligarh incident.

“Is your government left without shame?” the bench asked Gaurav Bhatia, the counsel appearing for the Uttar Pradesh Government.

The court, while slamming the state government, also recalled the resignation by Lal Bahadur Shastri from the post of the Railway Minister taking moral responsibility following a railway accident.

“Where has your sense gone?” the bench said, adding, “How can police officers beat an unarmed lady?” (ANI)