Guwahati: A video, posted by Guwahati resident, Palash Chaliha on his Facebook page recounting brutal assault by a police officer on his son with a disability has gone viral and angered citizens.
Chaliha showed baton marks on his childs back and elaborated how the police on duty under the Bharalumukh Police Station beat his child when they were on the street after 6 pm to buy medicines for him on Thursday.
“Today after 6 pm, I, along with my son, Bhrigu, who is also a specially-abled child, unfortunately, had to go out to bring medicines. While returning on my motorcycle, one of the policemen on duty without asking us anything suddenly gave a full-blooded caning on the back of my specially-abled child,” Chaliha said in the video while showing how his child was struggling following the attack.
Raising question to the Assam Police as to why they attacked the special child, Chaliha said, “after seeing the police I stopped the bike. But without asking us anything, they attacked the child.”
“When asked why they have done such an inhuman act with the child, an officer with star/s in his uniform, SI or OC I don’t know, told me in Hindi that Dono ko ghusa denge thane mein,” Chaliha in the video alleged.
Meanwhile, GP Singh, additional director general of police (law-and-order), Assam Police has said that action would be taken against the erring policeman.
Disabled rights activist and executive director of NCPED wants immediate action to be taken, “the policeman should be suspended, and under law, it is a punishable offence. The police department should compensate the family and the boy for the trauma they have gone through. Police should not treat disabled people as second class citizens and immediately sensitise its force. Guwahati police says they are child friendly, are they?”