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Updated: September 9, 2012 23:06 IST

The pain of a woman constable

Prafulla Das
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The clash between the Congress workers and the police on Thursday left over 200 people, including 60 police personnel, injured. Here, a protester is attacking the woman constable Pramila Padhi.
The clash between the Congress workers and the police on Thursday left over 200 people, including 60 police personnel, injured. Here, a protester is attacking the woman constable Pramila Padhi.

Constable Pramila Padhi, who was beaten up by protestors during a face-off between Congress workers and the police at a rally here on Thursday, continues to remain in hospital.

Congress leader and AICC member in charge of Odisha, Jagdish Tytler, apologised on behalf of his party for the attack on Ms. Padhi on Friday, but she told mediapersons on Saturday that no apology would remove her pain.

“The culprits should be punished,” said 39-year-old Ms. Padhi, sitting up on her bed in a private hospital here.

“Ms. Padhi was shifted from a government hospital to a private one on Thursday as she had injuries on her head and body. But doctors found she had no internal injuries. She is recovering,” said Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Nitinjeet Singh.

The police have registered a case on the basis of a complaint filed by Ms. Padhi, and investigation is in progress.

Mr. Singh said Ms. Padhi had been deployed near Barricade No. 1 erected behind the spot from where Congress leaders addressed a gathering. She was there because there were women among the protestors. Some protestors who indulged in hooliganism targeted her. As the Congress workers broke through the barricade, Ms. Padhi was caught in the mob. She was dragged, pushed and beaten with bamboo sticks.

Mr. Singh said footage from closed-circuit cameras installed at the rally venue as well as footage and photographs from television channels and other media outlets were being examined to identify those who attacked Ms. Padhi as well as other police personnel.

A male constable is also being treated in the hospital where Ms. Padhi is now.

Mobs in Odisha rape women and nuns, nobody takes action or bothers. They
kill Christians and burn Churches and houses,the Police turn a blind eye
and do nothing about that. The Government gives a statement and sit on
that. Why bother now? Why not leave this as they have done with other
such atrocities?

from:  Simon Timothy
Posted on: Sep 10, 2012 at 15:52 IST

I am quite sure no action would be taken as of now of the people who
have attacked the lady inspector.

The police MEN have turned eunuchs and the congress MEN have given a
testimony to their impotence.
Hitting a woman in a mob is outrageous.

The culprits found in the photographs should be severely punished.
The newspapers should also follow up on the actions.
Odisha's people are peace loving chaps & this is a politically
motivated accident. Such incidents shake the soul of everyone.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2012 at 14:20 IST

Will Odisha remain backward always! What other police people were doing at that time,not even bursting tear gas! It is failure of law and order with the connivance of politicians! It is political leaders who attend such rallies should be punished suo motto by the courts of the state! Will they?

from:  Rajendran
Posted on: Sep 10, 2012 at 10:04 IST

When the lady police was hit by these many people, why did'nt her fellow mates come up, what were the male police men doing, have they worn bangles in their hand. if there is no unity in the police dept. itself then how come they expect the civilians to be united.

I pray that the brave lady cures soon and joins her duty.

from:  Preetam
Posted on: Sep 10, 2012 at 10:02 IST

We use to blame our political leaders and bureaucrats for corruption and
everything wrong that is going on. But, what are we? We are also not
different form them.
The leaders are from the society only. If the society is like this, how
come the leaders be good? Its time to introspect, not complain!
:-) lolz!

from:  Sanjeev mishra
Posted on: Sep 10, 2012 at 00:33 IST

Given that Indian police personals are constantly projected as
incompetent, communal and corrupt lots, no wonder that mob 'treat'
them so. Various 'commissions', which are in place to detest the
police from over-reaching their limits, invariably paint police as the

Recent incidents at Mumbai and Odhisa clearly show that police is
reluctant (for whatever reasons: political pressure, etc.) to tackle
the rampaging mobs sternly. Worst part is: While the humble and much
maligned 'constable' is the victim of this hooliganism; he/she is also
the first one to loose his/her job if police 'action' leads to any
serious injury/death to such mobs!!

High time we empower our police forces and not the thugs on the

from:  Sunil Lathwal
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 21:49 IST

I bet even with photos like this, no one will be arrseted, seeing congress is involved.
Scumbag italian puppet.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 17:49 IST

Great photograph... You just did a good job....

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 17:24 IST

All mass protest rallies should be banned. If people want to raise
issues, they should either find peaceful ways of doing it, or just shut
up. Beating up law enforcement officials, especially women, is cruel and
shameful. In the picture, so many men have no qualms about torturing a
lady, and one is even seen trying to take her close-up picture. Some men
in our country have no morals at all. If a guy doesn't know how to be
respectful and acknowledge the right of others, he has no right to
indulge in protests.

from:  Gayathri
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 16:26 IST

Mumbai woman constables who were molested on August 11, 2012, also are human and deserve similar sympathy by media and people in addition to legal action against perpretator.

from:  arunodaya
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 14:54 IST

it's not good

from:  raja sekhar
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 13:15 IST

I watched this news on NDTV and was shocked and one simple question on mind. Jagdish Titler heading this goons must be sent to JAIL forever and why POLICE FAILED to open fire and kill them?

from:  kumar
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 12:34 IST

The cases won't be booked against the culprits. Even if booked, they
will be left go free. This is India. Congress and political parties in
all are terrorising the state. We need to wake up.

from:  Kishore Chandra
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 12:09 IST

Too much brouhaha is being made in the media about a "woman police-constable" being roughed up by mob.

A constable is a constable just as a soldier is a soldier. We live in a world where gender it is claimed is not important. If this is the case then the combat soldier out there in combat trenches, or the police constable out there in the front line, has willingly chosen to be there as an act of bravery and professionalism. Male and female soldiers and constables are all given the same training to do their jobs. And they are both exposed to the same professional risk and hazards.

Why should there be such an outpouring of outrage and sympathy for a woman constable any more than for a male counterpart who face risk in the normal course of their normal duties ?

from:  Sudarshan MK
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 11:46 IST

No security for security persons .

from:  Shabir farooq
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 11:20 IST

It is utmost essential to book and file cases against the culprits of this incident and hand out severe punishment to them at the earliest, so that the confidence of women folk in joining the police work force remains in tact- at least on this count.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 10:01 IST

This doesn't look good at all. I just wonder where were all her police mates when she was beaten. Also what I dont understand is till how long this mob thing would continue to threat our country...from Assam to Odisha, from Kundankulam to Delhi they are becoming unstoppable. I didn't know people can be that stupid.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Sep 9, 2012 at 09:36 IST
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