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'What will happen to society if police harass girls?'

  • Published at 01:35 am January 15th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:32 am January 15th, 2018
'What will happen to society if police harass girls?'
Additional Inspector General (Administration & Operation) Mokhlesur Rahman rebuked the policemen facing departmental action for beating a youth who protested after they harassed his younger sister along with other schoolgirls. Referring to the involvement of police in various criminal activities, he on Sunday said: “Where will society end up if police start harassing people? Police are supposed to act against crimes. They should not engage in criminal activities themselves.” The senior official of Bangladesh Police also instructed fellow law enforcement officers to stay away from all sorts of misdeeds, while addressing a program in Khulna Police Lines in the afternoon. He warned all policemen of punitive actions if any abuse of power was reported. Mokhlesur’s criticism, however, coincided with a probe body recommending departmental action against five policemen of Kharabaad Baintola camp for harassing schoolgirls on street and later beating a private university student in Batiaghata upazila of the district. The accused police personnel are – Nayek Md Jahidul Islam, and constables Md Naimul Islam, Md Mamun Kabir, Riaz Hossain and Abir Hossain. Additional Superintendent of Police Md Naimul Haque said on Sunday that the action was recommended after the probe team found the allegations against the five true, reports UNB. The committee members on Thursday went to Baintola police camp and talked to seven victim school girls and also Tarek Mahmud, a law student of Western University, who was assaulted for his protest and 30 witnesses. According to Tarek, the police assigned to the camp used to harass his sister - a 10th grader at Collegiate Girls High School - when she passed in front of the camp on her way to and from school. On January 9 morning, they harassed her and four other schoolgirls. When Tarek protested, he was beaten up. Later in the day, 12 policemen from the camp were closed to the district police lines.