India's shame: mother demanding justice for dead daughter beaten

India's shame: mother demanding justice for dead daughter beaten

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Aligarh:  On camera, a group of policemen are seen manhandling a woman in a pink salwar kameez and a man near her.

One cop then drags the woman along the ground.

This is how the police in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh responded to a distraught couple whose six-year-old daughter had been found dead this morning in a garbage dump.

Aligarh is 330 kms from Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh.

The child's body was found this morning and in a few hours, nearly a hundred protestors gathered in the neighbourhood shouting slogans against the police. Officers used batons on the crowd, and attacked the girl's parents.

The policeman who dragged the mother on the ground has been transferred while two others, who manhandled the protesters, have been suspended. Deputy Inspector General of Aligarh Division, D Prakash, acknowledged that "unnecessary force was used on protesters".

The police have said an enquiry will be completed in three days.

Meanwhile, medical tests have confirmed the girl was sexually assaulted.
Story First Published: April 18, 2013 16:34 IST

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