SP orders enquiry into alleged attack on pregnant woman by police

Superintendent of Police T. Jayachandran has ordered an enquiry into the alleged attack on a 23-year-old pregnant woman by the police. The incident allegedly happened when she went to the rescue of her husband, Kaleeswaran, who was being assaulted by the police during a temple festival at Muniyandipuram village in Thirupuvanam police limit on the night of June 18.

After the victim, K. Chithra, a Dalit woman and seven months pregnant got admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) Madurai, alleged that she was kicked and beaten up by the police, the SP, taking cognisance of her statement, directed Manamadurai Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to enquire into the incident and submit a report.

When contacted, the SP said the DSP has been asked to conduct a detailed enquiry after visiting the village and has been asked submit a report at the earliest. Action would be initiated against the police if they were found to have erred based on the report, he said.

Meanwhile, A Kadhir, Executive Direcor of ‘Evidence’, the Madurai based non governmental organisation, said a fact finding enquiry by his team revealed that the pregnant woman was attacked by five policemen when she went to the rescue of her husband. After the policemen kicked her on her stomach, she fainted and was taken to the hospital. She was presently undergoing treatment at the GRH, he added.

According to Mr. Kadhir, the villagers had staged a play as part of the festival when five policemen, attached to Thirupuvanam police station visited the village. They had come in three motorbikes and had allegedly slapped the boys who were watching the play sitting atop the terrace of nearby ration shop after asking them to come down.

When Kaleeswaran questioned them, the policemen assaulted him and Chithra as she intervened along with other villagers, he said. Mr. Kadhir demanded that the policemen involved be booked under the provisions of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and sacked from service. Narrating the incident in detail, Kaleeswaran has urged the National Commission for Scheduled Caste to initiate action against the policemen. He has also sought protection and compensation to his family.

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