On Monday a picture of a JNU student being manhandled by Delhi Police while trying to quell the protest near India Gate, has sparked outrage on social media.
The photograph which caught everyone's attention on social media is that of a female protester grabbed and taken aside by a male Delhi cop. The picture was taken by a photographer of a popular daily and has received a variety of reactions from 'twitterati'. Some have condemned the act of 'police manhandling' while some have condemned the revelation of the identity of the protester. Some even pointed out that 'female cops should be deployed to handle female protesters'.
The protester was present at the rally taken out at Jantar Mantar by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University against alleged administrative inaction in the disappearance of 27-year-old student Najeeb Ahmad.
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Many condemned the police cop, demanding his suspension.
Is this Delhi Police? How can this cop grope a female student. Is he out of his mind! Please immediately suspend him. @CPDelhipic.twitter.com/MpyF3wjyGX — Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) November 7, 2016
— Raghu Ram (@tweetfromRaghu) November 6, 2016
Dear @CPDelhi The Act Of @DelhiPolice Cop is Contrary To Section 46 of CrPc,No Male police can Touch a Female or Arrest Her,Take Action Plz! pic.twitter.com/Or4ayk3cWz — #Advocate Sanwar°°° (@AskSanwar) November 7, 2016
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— Rupashree Nanda (@rupashreenanda) November 7, 2016
Some questioned the procedure followed.
Others asked questions about the ethics of the photograph.
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However the police denied any misbehavior on their part. "During protest by JNU students today, none have been manhandled. A group of JNU students along with Najeeb's mother assembled near Archaeological Survey of India building. They were persuaded not to move towards India Gate. They didn't agree and were adamant to move ahead. They all were taken into a bus to Mayapuri police station. Fatima Nafees was duly attended to by lady Police officers and dropped at her place of stay," a police statement said.
Najeeb Ahmad, 27-year-old, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.
Following his disappearance, Delhi Police and JNU students got into a tussle when the latter were protesting at Jantar Mantar against alleged administrative inaction on the part of the university, where the police allegedly roughed up and detained all of the 300 protesters including Ahmad's mother, Fatima Nafees, according to an earlier Firstpostreport.
With inputs from PTI