Guwahati: A differently abled woman was pulled by her hair and beaten up with what looks like an iron rod by her senior colleague after she reminded him to wear his face mask, which has been made mandatory in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The accused, identified as Bhaskar, has been arrested.
According to a report of India Today, the incident, which was captured on the CCTV camera, happened inside an office in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Other staff members were also present inside the office. The video of the shocking incident has since gone viral on social media.
The accused, identified as Bhaskar, is the deputy manager of a hotel under the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department in Nellore. According to inputs, Bhaskar got angry after the woman employee asked him to wear his mask.
In the video, Bhaskar, not wearing a mask, is seen coming out of his cabin, pulling the woman by her hair, dragging her and repeatedly attacking her with an object while the other colleagues try to intervene.
Unacceptable! woman employee was attacked inside the office by a senior officer for reminding him about his missing #FaceMask. The shocking incident was recorded on CCTV camera, shows man thrashing the differently-abled woman contract worker in Nellore Govt office #AndhraPradesh pic.twitter.com/3ulxmHsHNK
— Aashish (@Ashi_IndiaToday) June 30, 2020
The Andhra Pradesh government, as part of Unlock 1.0, has allowed offices and other institutions to run. The employees have been asked to wear face masks at all times as a precautionary measure.
The victim has lodged a complaint with the police. Andhra Pradesh Tourism Minister Avanti Srinivas took note of the incident and ordered his suspension.
“The accused was absconding after the registration of FIR on Saturday. The police dispatched teams immediately. Today morning, after the arrest of the accused, as per protocol, a medical examination and a Covid test were conducted. There was no delay on the part of the Nellore Police,” Nellore SP said.
A case under Sections 354, 355, and 324 of the IPC has been registered. The accused has been arrested and sent to judicial remand.