Cop shot dead trying to protect daughter

On December 5, Hindustan Times carried a report about a Punjabi sub-inspector of police who was shot dead by three men when he confronted them about harassing his daughter. The report in the paper — http://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/viewer.aspx talks about how no help arrived despite his daughter, who also sustained injuries, as well as locals raising an alarm and calling the police.

In a commendable series of stories following the incident, HT followed this up the next day, with a front page report on the arrest of three men, including an Akali Dal general secretary. The report also mentioned the suspension of the local station house officer — http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Punjab/Day-after-cop-s-murder-Akali-leader-held-and-officer-suspended/Article1-969055.aspx

On the same day, the paper carried an editorial, ‘No country for women’ (http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorial-views-on/Edits/No-country-for-women/Article1-969423.aspx) which talks about how ‘eve-teasing’ is a euphemism for public sexual harassment, and is often considered a ‘soft crime’ and brushed under the carpet.

The editorial ties in very well with another report on the same day (http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NorthIndia/Punjab-police-ignored-ASI-daughter-s-Dec-1-complaint/Article1-969437.aspx), that said the local police had not taken any action on the sexual harassment complaint the girl had lodged with them. Not just that, they had not turned up despite repeated calls by frantic locals, giving the men a chance to come back again with a rifle and shoot the police officer in the chest. The report quotes locals as well as the girl and her mother. The last quote by the daughter, where she says she wants to shoot her father’s killer however, could have been avoided.

The online version of the first report though (http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Punjab/Cop-shot-dead-trying-to-protect-daughter-from-molesters/Article1-968859.aspx), consistently uses the word ‘tease’ rather than ‘harass’ (she was stalked and several lewd comments were passed over the course of several days), which detracts from the serious nature of the crime.

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