A transgender, accompanied by a few others of the community, here on Tuesday petitioned the police commissioner, Sanjay Mathur, seeking action against a cop, who allegedly verbally abused her in a public place on Monday.
The group resorted to a sudden demonstration in front of the commissioner’s office condemning the police harassment.
According to Srinidhi, the petitioner, who is an MBA graduate running a textile outlet on Poomalai Shopping Complex opposite Anna bus stand, she was verbally abused and threatened by a police official while having dinner at an eatery on Monday night.
“After closing my shop, I stopped by an eatery near Periyar bus stand at 9.30 pm. As I was a regular to the place, the owner of the eatery struck a conversation with me. As we were talking, a police personnel came in and started abusing me,” she said.
Unmindful of the fact that it was a public place, the cop used foul language, she said, adding, “the policeman even intimidated me saying that he would brand me if I did not clear out from the spot immediately.”
The woman, who ran the eatery, too was taken to task by the official for entertaining Srinidhi at the outlet, she claimed. “Unable to withstand the harassment, I left the place in an autorickshaw,” she said.
Barathi Kannamma, a social activist working for the cause of transgenders, said, “The incident comes despite our sensitising the police on transgender”.
“A section of police is adamant in not changing its attitude.Behaviour of some personnel is a cause for worry”, she said.