BHOPAL: An additional superintendent of police (ASP) of the Madhya Pradesh police has been arrested for assaulting a subordinate female police constable.
The arrest followed an internal report of the police that found that there was basis to the constable’s allegations of sexual harassment against ASP Rajendra Verma.
Verma, presently posted at the Police Headquarters in Bhopal, will be produced in court later on Thursday, a police officer Dharamveer Singh Yadav told New Indian Express.
The police constable tried to meet chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan during the latter’s visit to the Police HQ last month but was denied the appointment. She then went to the media.
She alleged that the ASP had been behaving inappropriately with her for the past three months. The constable said she shot a video of the ASP speaking to her in an objectionable manner and submitted it to the police internal committee that investigated her allegations.
This is the third case of sexual harassment to rock the Madhya Pradesh police in recent weeks. Deputy superintendent of police Pawan Mishra was booked by the Jahagirabad police for allegedly cohabitating with a woman after promising her marriage.
Last week, a 26-year-old police constable Nishchay Tomar was arrested along with a friend by the Bhopal police for allegedly stalking a 23-year-old woman, who is the sister of a trainee police constable. He was dismissed from service.