Wednesday , July 18 2018

Woman barges into minister’s press meet, alleges harassment by police in Chennai

The woman alleged that she was beaten by the policemen with batons and asked why she was lying down there.

Tamil Nadu Transport Minister M R Vijayabhaskar.

Chennai: A young woman from Bengaluru caused a flutter when she barged into the press meet addressed by a Tamil Nadu Minister, claiming harassment by the police at the city’s main mofussil bus terminus and wanted action against them.

Shortly after Transport Minister M R Vijayabhaskar began his press meet at the terminus, which was telecast live by some of theTV channels, the woman, claiming herself to be a research scholar, entered the venue and have started shouting out in English, taking the gathering by surprise.

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“A single woman has no freedom to travel… Four police personnel, including the two women, tortured me at Koyambedu bus stand,” she alleged and gave a written complaint to an official who accompanied the Minister.

Vijayabhaskar, lined by officials, repeatedly assured her that an action would be taken and tried to pacify her before leaving the venue.

The Minister was interacting with the media after the inaugurating special ticket booking counters to meet the rush for an upcoming Pongal festival.

“I had a severe migraine, vomiting, giddiness throughout the night. I just wanted to take a 10 minutes rest as I could not walk and lay down (at the bus terminus),” she told reporters even as a women police personnel tried to surround and to take her in for questioning.

The woman alleged that she was beaten by the policemen with batons and asked why she was lying down there.

Identifying herself as an Annapoorna from Bengaluru, she alleged that she was “harassed” in the name of “public safety” by the personnel.

She also said that the personnel asked her to either leave for her onward destination or come to the police station for an enquiry.

Police said that the woman went to a nearby police station for further follow up action.


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