- Gone to complain about harassment, UP girls arrested by cop
- Video shows him lying on cot, inappropriately touching one of the girls
- Police says behaviour can't be tolerated, case filed against cop
The video -- which comes as the state police is trying to crack down on harassment of women through the formation of anti-Romeo squads -- shows the constable lying on a cot and inappropriately touching one of the girls.
Superintendent of Police Rajesh S said this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. The case has been filed under the POSCO Act, which applies in cases of sexual abuse of children -- and investigations are on.
Constable Ishwari Prasad denied that he had molested the women. "I asked them to go home and touched the hand of one of the women. I did not tease them," the accused man was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Law and order in Uttar Pradesh has come under opposition scrutiny since the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath took over in March. Following widespread criticism, the Chief Minister had said he had inherited "a jungle raj" (a lawless land), where the law and order is in shambles.
Last week, a shocking footage had emerged from Rampur, around 300 km from state capital Lucknow that showed 14 men groping 2 women. The men had molested the women, filmed the incident on their cellphones and posted the video on social media.