Shahjahanpur: Officers of Uttar Pradesh’s ‘anti-Romeo squad’ on Saturday held a man for allegedly molesting a women and tonsured his head. Police is investigating the matter.

The ‘anti-Romeo squad’ shaved his head in the presence of policemen who had caught him with a female friend in a public park in Shahjahanpur.

The incident had occurred last week, but the video of it went viral on Friday. Senior police officials and the three constables who were present at the site were suspended soon afterwards, according to a Hindustan Times report.

“Three constables namely, Suhail Ahmed, Laiek Ahmed and Sonu Pal have been accused of involvement in the incident. Prima facie it appears that they were present there and failed to stop those who were shaving the head of the victim. I have ordered their suspension on this ground,” Shahjahanpur SSP, KB Singh said according to the report.

The move by the government came amid outrage over the way the squads have punished loitering men on the streets and a day after the Allahabad High Court directed it to ensure that guidelines were followed by the police teams and action taken as per the law.

There should be no shaving of heads, blackening of faces or “murga pose” (a stress position used as a corporal punishment where sit-ups are done holding the ears), said a senior official while listing out the dos and don’ts.

The fresh guidelines were issued after the intervention of chief minister Yogi Adityanath amid reports of alleged harassment by anti-Romeo squads.

Anti Romeo Squad taking a guy to Police Station. (Source: PTI)

Anti-Romeo squads, a poll promise of the BJP that pulled off a stunning victory in the recent Assembly polls in UP, drew criticism from certain quarters after visuals of policemen targeting young boys and girls went viral on TV and in social media.

However, it was being dubbed as an attempt at moral policing and widely criticised in some quarters as the modus operandi was being compared to the infamous ‘Operation Majnu’ in 2005, in which boys at crossings and markets were pulled up, and couples in gardens were thrashed by police.

The officer sought to clarify that the only job (of the anti-Romeo squads) was to ensure safety of women and to ensure that eve-teasing does not takes place.

Adityanath has termed law and order as the top priority of his government and asked for daily reports from all DMs and SPs on law and order.

Source: Hindustan Times

 

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