Sacked police officer jailed for eight-year girl’s torture

February 4th, 2009 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Feb 4 (IANS) Inspector Shyam Lal, one of the police officials who brutally thrashed an eight-year-old girl for allegedly stealing Rs.280 in an Uttar Pradesh village Monday, was Wednesday sent to 14 days in judicial custody, officials said.Station House Officer (SHO) Chandrapal Singh, who was placed under suspension after the incident, was granted bail on two bonds of Rs.15,000 each.

Both Singh and Shyam Lal were brought before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Jamshed Ali in Etawah, about 300 km from here. Shyam Lal was dismissed from service Tuesday.

In a shocking display of brutality, the police in Kailokhar village of Etawah district Monday pulled eight-year-old Komal up by her hair and twisted her ears and rained blows on her inside a police station.

Unfortunately for them, it was all caught on TV cameras. As TV viewers all over the country watched the thin Dalit child dressed in bedraggled clothes being beaten up, Chief Minister Mayawati Tuesday evening suspended a police official and ordered a probe.

Six policemen, including a district superintendent of police (DSP), a sub-inspector and a station house officer (SHO), have been punished for the assault and torture of the girl.

According to SHO Chandrapal Singh, a girl named Anju and aged between 17 to 18 years brought Komal to the police station, alleging that the small girl had slipped away with her purse. He, however, admitted that the purse was neither found on Komal nor Anju on frsiking them.

Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brij Lal, meanwhile, told reporters that “the theft case against Komal at the Jaswantnagar police station has been withdrawn”.

He added that necessary action would be taken against Anju, who registered the complaint against Komal.

Deputy Inspector General of police (Kanpur range) S.N. Sawant said security would be provided to Komal’s family in Etawah.

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