Thursday, December 22, 2005


Fall in love and risk a police thrashing

`Outrage and protests mounted in India Wednesday after TV channels showed police officers repeatedly slapping, punching and pulling the hair of young women on a date in a public park in a north Indian city.

Indian media reported one couple was so humiliated by the police action in front of TV crews they have not returned home. [..]

Since Tuesday, shocked TV viewers in India have been watching images of female officers pummelling and abusing crying young women in Meerut in what the media is calling “moral policing.”

TV footage also showed male policemen with sticks surrounding the scared women and taking them to women officers who beat them. Several of their male companions were beaten also.

The police operation, termed “operation Romeo,” in a popular park in Meerut Monday was touted by police as a move to prevent sexual harassment of women.’

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