Anguished over an incident of police brutality on a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh, the National Commission for Women has sought a report in the matter from the state government and the police force.

“This act of punishment by way of beating up of an accused obviously defeats the very purpose of the universally accepted principle of innocence of every accused before being convicted by a court of law,” NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas said.

The incident occurred yesterday in Manyari village in Aliganj area of Sultanpur after a man named Deepak Kumar was found strangulated, following which his mother lodged an FIR and the police started looking for his wife Sangeeta.

His wife was rounded up after some time and she allegedly confessed to the crime, Superintendent of Police, Sultanpur, Satyendra Veer Singh said. After the confession, the Inspector Kailash Nath Dubey allegedly beat her up.

After the incident came to light, authorities suspended the concerned police officer.

Vyas said the act of “taking up the role of judiciary in deciding the guilt, followed by punishment by way of beating” should have prompted severe reprimand and relevant provisions of IPC should have been invoked against the officer.

She also wanted to know why no criminal case has been registered against the concerned police officer.

The NCW has sought a report in this matter, along with information on action taken by police so far. The Commission has also urged the state government to take appropriate steps to ensure security and safety of women.

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