Sent to protect her, UP cops beat woman, mock her for Muslim friend

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A police team sent to rescue a woman and her Muslim friend from a mob that included members of the VHP turned attackers in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. A purported video of the woman being escorted away in a car shows police hitting the woman and taunting her for being with a Muslim man.

The video was shot by a policeman driving the car and shows a woman, her face covered with a scarf, sitting in the rear, next to a woman constable and another policeman. A male voice is heard using a derogatory reference to Muslims and “Sharam nahi aati (Don’t you feel ashamed)” when the woman constable slaps her on the head repeatedly.

The police team was sent to rescue the girl after members of vigilante groups “raided” the man’s rented apartment on September 23. After the video of the incident went viral on social media, the Uttar Pradesh Police suspended three constables and relieved one home guard of duty.