Woman activists support cop Anupama Shenoy

Women activists in Mangaluru have extended their support to Deputy Superintendent of Police Anupama Shenoy who faced the wrath of Labour Minister P T Parameshwar Naik.

Inner Wheel Club Vice President Lalitha S Bhat has sought the intervention of President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Women’s Commission Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi into the issue.

She appealed to the National Women’s Commission to understand the seriousness of the issue and assure a safe environment for women officers.

The president and prime minister should understand the situation of an efficient woman police officer and act at the earliest, she said.

“Anupama Shenoy, who was serving as DySP at Kudligi in Ballari was transferred twice to two remote corners of the State in a matter of two days. The punishment transfer was given to the her by Labour Minister  Parameshwara Naik with the support of the Home Minister G Parameshwara. Her mistake — she had a call from an unidentified number and she kept it on hold as she was speaking to her senior officers. The call from the unidentified number happened to be from the Labour Minister. The minister, with the help of the home minister, transferred Anupama Shenoy to Athani in Belagavi first and later to Indi in Bijapur,” she charged.

Lalitha asked Sonia and Rahul Gandhi is this real empowerment of women. Hailing from a middle-class family, Anupama had an innate desire to serve the country as a police officer, she said. “It is unfortunate that the ego of the minister has been destroying the professional life of a pro-active police officer,” she added.

‘Drop the minister’
Meanwhile, the GSB community members have also extended their support to Anupama Shenoy.  The Udupi District GSB Committee members met Anupama Shenoy’s parents Nalini and Radhakrishna Shenoy at Paniyoor and extended their support.

Speaking to media persons, GSB Udupi Zilla Rakshana Vedike Convener Vivekananda Shenoy said, “This act is height of injustice. The incident reminds us of Emergency. The chief minister should drop the minister from his Cabinet.”
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