Andhra official held for assaulting woman over wearing of mask

Amaravati, Jun 30 (IANS): After a public uproar, the Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday arrested a government official, since suspended from service, on charge of brutally assaulting a differently-abled woman colleague in office after she advised him to wear a face mask.

The incident occurred in the Tourism Department's office in Nellore on June 27 but came to light on Tuesday after the shocking visuals recorded on CCTV surfaced on the social media.

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) announced the suspension of Deputy Manager C.A. Bhaskar who assaulted the woman colleague.

The Nellore police said the official was booked the same day under Indian Penal Code Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) and 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means).

"The accused was arrested and is being sent in judicial remand. Nellore district police are extremely sensitive to any violation or crime against women. Women safety is our top priority," it tweeted.

Director General of Police Gautwam Sawang praised the Nellore police for taking quick action.

"Crime against women is unacceptable. We condemn the Nellore incident and action has been taken against the accused for manhandling the lady official," the police chief said.

The DGP said Disha police station would be taking up further investigation in the case and directed it to ensure that the probe is completed within a week and a charge sheet filed.

The state government earlier this year launched 18 Disha police stations across the state for speedy investigation and trial of cases related to sexual offences against women.

The CCTV footage of the crime went viral on the social media and triggered public outrage. In the clip, the official is seen pulling the woman staffer by her hair, dragging her and repeatedly attacking her with a chair handle even as other employees in the office tried to intervene.

Another employee tries to control him but he pushes him to the ground. He then picks up the chair handle that gets detached in the melee and repeatedly attacks her as other employees watch in horror.

Unable to bear the assault, another woman present in the office can be seen rushing out. A man who walks in finally snatches the object from Bhaskar's hands.

Police said the official got angry and felt insulted after the woman colleague advised him to wear the face mask to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Police said the accused's samples were collected for COVID-19 test as per the protocol and he would be produced before a magistrate.



Comment on this article

  • Dev, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Vert inhuman act by enraged person who didn't want any advise from his colleague.
    She is scared she might contract covid infection, while he should have told her I know what is right or wrong.
    About masks & their efficacy a lot or research has proven it has limited ability to prevent infections as the virus is about 100 microns & the pores of most hand made or surgical masks is more than that & through eyes the virus can enter into any person too.
    Now the govt. need to re educate people as the corona virus is causing only 0.024 mortality which is less than flu infection & to scale down the guidelines from Pandemic to Epidemic level.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    He must have felt insulted when a employee advices him to wear mask.Instead of assaulting her in such a bad way he could have thanked her and either go away or wear mask saying thanks,I forgot.He must have thought now I will teach her lesson .What a shame such men never learn to respect women .Self raise hand over a woman ,that too a employee ,and a disabled woman,he is a official.Here he lost respect before others.let alone loosing job.Mostly in India men raise hands ,hit either woman or men too for small things.My appeal to men please control yourself ,respect everyone .you yourself will be winning this way your honour.Good he was being arrested and will be produced before magistrate.He should pay fine to her and in public ask sorry..dont leave him.respect to lady for telling him to wear mask .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Arrest him for Assault & Intention to Rape ...

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