NHRC issues notice to Delhi top cop

NHRC issues notice to Delhi top cop

The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday sought a report from the Delhi Police Commissioner over charges of excesses outside Ramjas College in Delhi University last week.

An NHRC spokesperson said the Commission has issued a notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner on a complaint that police personnel attacked a female student and snatched cameras from mediapersons, who were recording the incident outside the campus on February 22.

“...some journalists, covering clashes, were slapped, punched and kicked by the policemen. The Commission has taken on record complaints as well as media reports making similar accusations, including threats to some students on social media,” the spokesperson said.

The Commission has given the Commissioner four weeks time to submit a detailed report in the matter. The police last week suspended three policemen for indulging in “inappropriate and unprofessional” conduct during clashes between AISA and ABVP activists following invitation to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’. The programme was withdrawn following opposition by the ABVP.

Separately, the Delhi Police registered a case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation against unknown persons in connection with the “rape threats” received by Gurmehar Kaur.

‘Deactivate FB accounts’

The Delhi Commission for Women asked Facebook to deactivate accounts threatening Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur for her stand against the ABVP.

In a letter, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said that Gurmehar has been subjected to “extreme abuse and rape threats” on her Facebook profile. “We are in the receipt of a complaint from her which is self-explanatory and contains relevant screenshots of rape threats and abuse as evidence. The same is being forwarded to you for your perusal and necessary action. Urgent action needs to be taken against the abusers by Facebook and their social media accounts need to be deactivated immediately,” she said.

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