Lucknow: As the nation experiences lockdown due to the threat of coronavirus, the government, police and administration alike is doing its best to make citizens aware of the dangers of stepping out of their homes and have launched various awareness drives to deter people from aimlessly roaming on the streets. Also Read - Delhi Lockdown: Who Needs E-Pass? How to Apply For it? Step-by-Step Guide Here
However, various reports have also emerged when cops have shamed, misbehaved with citizens and have crossed limits of decency, while performing their duties. In one such report from Rae Bareli, a senior district official allegedly rebuked and threatened to get a youth arrested after he told him that he was out to buy medicines for his pregnant wife. Also Read - Main Hoon Na: Kejriwal Appeals to Migrant Workers With Folded Hands, Asks Them to Not Leave Delhi | Watch
“Sabki biwiyan pregnant ho gayi hain kya (everybody’s wife has got pregnant),” the official who was enforcing he lockdown in the district, told the youth. Also Read - One-week Total Lockdown to be Imposed in Delhi From Tonight Till April 26, Announces CM Kejriwal | Key Takeaways
This is not a stand-alone case! Another case is from the same district where a motorbike rider, who said that he had gone to nearby flour mill to give wheat for grinding, was asked to produce a receipt. On being told that no receipt was given by the owner, the officers ordered the cops to take him to the police station.
In yet another shameful incident, a group of young migrant workers, who were on their way back home on foot, were made to do sit ups with their backpacks in Noida.
In Agra, the cops made youths on the road, carry placards that proclaimed ‘Main samaj ka dushman hoon”.
When asked to clarify on these reports, a senior police officer said,” I agree that there may be some aberrations but everyone must also understand the pressure that our forces are working under. They are dealing with an unusual situation and people must follow rules and cooperate during lockdown.”
(With Agency inputs)