UP govt removes incharge of Women Power Line

14 January 2016, 08:43 PM

Acting tough on allegations of harassment levelled by a girl against the incharge of Women Power Line - 1090, Uttar Pradesh government today removed Kunwar Raghvendra Pratap Singh from the post and ordered an inquiry into the matter.

The state government took a serious view of the girl’s complaint and immediately removed him from the post and sent him back to his original department Radio headquarters, a Home department official said.

IG (Women Power Line) Navneet Sikera has ordered the inquiry, he said.

The Women Power Line is a UP-based helpline for women and girls to register complaints of phone harassment and other forms of sexual harassment.

The government took note of news in a section of media today that Singh made calls from his personal phone number to the girl, chatted with her on WhatApp and also called her to meet outside in connection with the case for which she had approached the powerline.

“The government is very serious on the issue of women security and is committed to take prompt and stern action in all such cases,” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, BJP said one should not expect any protection to women from SP government as ruling party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav says “boys are boys, they make mistakes” in reference to rape.

“...In such a situation expecting protection for women is meaningless,” BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

He said incharge of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s ambitious project Women Power Line harassing a girl indicates that the claim of the government of providing security to women was just a show off.

First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2016 20:38 [IST]
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