The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the Inspector General of Punjab Police to transfer 10 cops, including the Deputy Superintendent of Police and the station head at Taran Taran within 24 hours. The young woman who was beaten up recently by policemen in Punjab had told the court that she was being threatened by the cops.
The assault on the young woman had provoked strong criticism for the government from the Supreme Court. A few days ago, the woman was filmed on a cell phone by a passer-by as two policemen hit her repeatedly near Amritsar.
"Was she a terrorist?" the Supreme Court asked last week as it demanded information on how the cops involved had been penalised. A few hours later, the two policemen who were seen on camera hitting her were arrested.
The woman's family claims she was attacked when it tried to complain to the police of her sexual harassment by some drivers. The police say she was trying to obstruct the arrest of her father, who was drunk and causing a public nuisance. However, they agreed that the attack on her was unjustifiable.