Lakhimpur Kheri saree-yanking case: NCW intervenes, two held, 6 cops suspended

After the National Commission for Women (NCW) took cognisance of the incident, wherein a woman was allegedly disrobed by men while she was filing nominations for local polls in Lakhimpur Kheri district, the Uttar Pradesh police arrested two persons and suspended six police personnel.

The NCW had written a letter in this regard to Uttar Pradesh DGP Mukul Goel on Thursday, demanding his intervention and strict action against offenders. As per the NCW statement, the commission swung into action after it was tagged on Twitter on a video clip of two men pulling a woman’s sari during the nomination for the block chairman polls. The statement reads, “Chairperson Rekha Sharma had written to the Director-General of Police, Uttar Pradesh to immediately intervene in the matter and take strict action against the men.”

The incident took place on Thursday, when a woman candidate was allegedly assaulted by some people in Pasgawan in Lakhimpur Kheri. Kheri police said on Friday that cases have been registered under sections 147, 171(F), 354, 392 and 427, in connection with the incident of misbehaving with a woman candidate. Legal action is being taken against the arrested accused, the police said, adding that efforts are being made to arrest the other accused. “Four police teams have been formed under the leadership of the Additional Superintendent of Police,” an official said.

The police further said that the youth who misbehaved with the woman turned out to be the supporters of an independent candidate. Earlier on Friday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered strict action against the perpetrators and gave instructions to suspend the jurisdictional officer and station in-charge. Chairing the meeting of Team 9, the CM said, “Under no circumstances, any attempt to disrupt the law and order will be accepted. Police must act with extra vigilance and sensitivity. Strict action should be taken by confiscating the weapons of those demonstrating arms.”

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