Indians, after the Supreme Court gave its verdict on LGBT community, felt that justice had finally been given to them, but it seems much needs to be done in this regard, and the verdict is just the tip of the ice-burg; as India-aware found on getting this article from one of its contributor Subhasree who alleged that the Kolkata police had insulted a man for his sexual orientation and then offered a deal to safe-guard their officer from any punishment. Resorts to emotional pressure.
On Thursday we had reported how an LGBT activist was humiliated by the Kolkata police. However, after the news of LGBT activist Obhishek was carried by press and went viral on social media, Obhishek was called by the Officer in Charge of Maidan Police Station, Kolkata.
On reaching the police station along with his friends, he was requested to negotiate and resolve the issue internally.
He later said, “I couldn’t take the risk of going alone after yesterday’s experience”
Obhishek said that firstly he was asked to resolve the issue. He did not agree, then the accused police personnel was made to apologise to him.
They had wanted a written apology, but police refused it. Police said that there were few risks involved in doing this. The accused police personnel might get suspended and his career will be finished.
The police went on to plead that if he (the police officer) commits suicide, his family will suffer.
Under this circumstances, Obhishek noted that he too lost his father a couple of months back. And if he (Obhishek) committed suicide because of the humiliation, what would his mother do?
To this the Police said, ” Are rape and stolen bread same?”
On Wednesday, Obhishek lodged another complain and speed-posted the copy of FIR to Laalbazaar.
After such a shameful incident it is a big question, where is our security?
How will we depend on the police? What is Apex Court observation meant for or what to do about the unjustified moral policing by law enforcement personnel?
After that Obhishek made his statement clear that he will fight till he gets justice. He has faith in Law, he told the press.
In his words, “I’m assured that police will see the matter deeply but there is something that I’m getting the intuition about negotiating the punishment in the form of suspension. That might not be happened but I’ll continue my fight as a law abiding citizen because it’s a question of interference on basic fundamental rights. It’s not a rare case; it’s a common problem in India.”
Note: India-aware does not authenticate the incident mentioned in the article, but is carrying it purely on humanitarian grounds and because its a serious social issue.