WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Tourism Department official in India beat up a female employee after she reminded him about implemented regulations on wearing face masks, which has been made mandatory in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Andhra Pradesh Police made the arrests after the 43-year-old disabled woman pressed charges.
- The official was taken into custody on charges of “assaulting a woman intending to outrage her modesty, using force to dishonor a person and causing injuries using a weapon.”
A Senior Tourism Department Official from Nellore District, located in Andhra Pradesh State, is apprehended after he was caught on camera assaulting a female employee, causing bodily harm, after she reminded him to wear a facemask.
The victim, identified by The New Indian Express as Checuri Usharani, reminded Deputy Manager C. Bhaskar about implemented regulations that mandate people to wear a mask when outdoors or with other people to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“Enraged at this, Bhaskar allegedly abused her, dragged her from her chair, caught hold of her hair and started beating her on her face and head with a stick pulled out from a wooden chair,” Police Sub-Inspector K. Venugopal told the Hindustan Times, citing the complaint.
In a surveillance video posted on social media, Bhaskar is seen walking into the office before pulling the 43-year-old woman from where she was sitting and dragged her unto the office floor. He then goes on to beat her, at one point stopping to pick up a chair leg from the floor to beat the victim while witnesses to the incident tried to stop the attacks.
One of the witnesses rushed over to stop the assault. However, Bhaskar managed to push him away, and started beating his initial target again, the Hindustan Times reported.
More people inside the office room, who witnessed the incident, intervened. However, the witnesses failed in stopping the deputy manager, until another person from outside entered the office. Bhaskar was separated from the victim, but appeared to continue scolding the victim on the floor.
Andhra Pradesh Police arrested C. Bhaskar on Tuesday, remanded on charges of assaulting a woman intending to outrage her modesty, using force to dishonor a person and causing injuries using a weapon, Hindustan Times reported.
Source: New York Post