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Cop Held in Kolkata for Persecuting A Transgender Activist

The activist complained that the officer did an unruly behaviour with her and her other two companions on the Monday night.

Representative Image (Source- New Indian Express)

On Tuesday, a police official from Kolkata was arrested on the charge of hassling, attacking and utilizing vulgar language and signals against Ranjita Sinha, a transgender rights activist and two of her ladies companions.

Whenever found liable, officer Abhishek Bhattacharya, the additional offer-in-charge for the South-West traffic monitor, faces a limit of three years in jail. He is likewise prone to confront departmental procedures.

Sinha, an individual from the state transsexual board, works consistently with the police, among others, on sensitisation and LGBTQ rights. A transwoman herself, Sinha and two ladies companions had gone to Dum Dum on Monday to circulate ration to transgendered individuals in the territory. As per the FIR, on their way back, around 8 pm, the triplet halted at a bistro when Bhattacharya, apparently alcoholic, drew close to their vehicle and began mishandling their driver Asish Mondal, without incitement.

She mentioned that when she noticed this she went out of the car and tried to stop the official, and when asked about is unruly behaviour the officer leaned toward her and started touching her in a not so right way while giving away similar gestures to her friends. The officer continued to beat the doors and windows of the car. Meanwhile, the driver was also hurt while trying to save them.

One of the ladies dialled 100, while the other, who knew authorities of Bowbazar police headquarters, called the nearby police, who showed up soon. "It was just when the cops revealed to us that we understood our abuser was a senior official himself," Sinha said. (TOI)

Sinha and her companions at that point went down to the Bowbazar police headquarters, where they were at first requested to enlist an overall journal. Them three sat at the police headquarters till 11 pm, until an FIR was held up against the charged, Sinha said.

The Bowbazar police have held up the FIR under IPC areas relating to intentionally causing hurt (IPC 323), wrongful restraint (341), molestation (354), offending the modesty of a lady (509) and Section 18 of the Transgender Persons Act 2019. (TOI)

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