Among the widespread protests against NEET, a rather disturbing video of a woman cop being molested by her colleague has surfaced from Tamil Nadu, reported India Today.
The incident took place on Monday, 4 September, in Coimbatore, during protests over the suicide of 17-year-old Anitha. The police were trying to clear out the crowd of protestors from the city's Gandipuram area, when the groping incident was caught on camera.
In the video, the woman police officer, a sub-inspector from Coimbatore, can be seen repeatedly pushing away the hand of her colleague from her chest as she struggles to maintain her balance while the crowd gets more agitated. The male cop in question is an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
While the woman police officer hasn't filed a complaint yet, an internal inquiry into the matter has been ordered after the CCTV footage went viral on social media and several news channels picked it up, reported The News Minute.
Tamil Nadu's Deputy General of Police (DGP) TK Rajendran and Coimbatore's commissioner A Amalraj have both said that the matter will be thoroughly investigated.
According to another India Today report, even though the woman cop has not come forward with charges, the All India Democratic Women Association has strongly criticised the ACP's actions and filed a complaint against him with the police.
He is calling the video a fabrication of the media, claiming that news channels are looping the visuals to portray him in a bad light. "There was a protest happening and I had to control the situation. I had no other intentions or motive... I didn't even notice that it was a woman standing in front of me. I am sure I didn't do it repeatedly," The News Minute quoted him as saying.
No action has been taken against him, yet.
Public anger has been palpable in Tamil Nadu since the suicide of Anitha on Friday, 1 September. The daughter of a poor Dalit daily wage worker, Anitha hanged herself when she couldn't crack the National Eligibility and Entrance Test, or NEET, as it is popularly called. The entrance test is a compulsory requirement to secure a medical seat in the country.
There has been growing anti-NEET sentiment in the state after the Supreme Court's refusal to exempt Tamil Nadu from the national entrance test. For the last nine years, the Tamil Nadu Government had suspended the entrance exam. Admissions to medical colleges were granted on the basis of students' Class XII board exam results. The state believes that the move helped financially vulnerable students from villages and small towns by giving them a fair at medical seats.
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