On the directions of S K Sharma, DGP cum Commandant General Homeguards, guard Sukhwinder Singh posted in company Chehratta in district Amritsar was discharged from duty on alleged charges of harassing and making obscene gestures towards a UK national on board an Amritsar-Delhi train on May 19, an official spokesman said here.
The guard was arrested by the Railway Police Punjab, after a the tourist accused him of sexually harassing her on board Shaheed Express while she was travelling from Amritsar to New Delhi and booked under Sections 354 (a) and (b) which deal with sexual harassment of women, the spokesman said
SHO GRP police station, Amritsar, Dharmander Kalyan, said on Thursday that the home guard, Sukhwinder Singh, was on duty in the railway compartment the woman was travelling in. The complainant is a theology student who was in Amritsar to learn about the Sikh faith.
“I was sexually harassed by a man wearing a Punjab police uniform on the train,“ she said in a complaint sent to the UK high commission in New Delhi on May 20. She alleged the `policeman’ started raising his eyebrows and smiling while speaking in Punjabi, made obscene gestures and then pretended to masturbate.
“I couldn’t understand what he was saying, but it seemed he was asking me to touch him,“ she wrote in the complaint. She said despite her saying `no no’, the policemen moved closer until his thighs were touching hers.
The high commission forwarded the complaint to the Punjab police. A case under section 354, A, C and D of the IPC has been registered. The woman said she shouted “BBC, BBC“ and “you are in trouble“ while pointing towards her camera.
Thereafter the man got off the train at the next station after Amritsar. The visitor said she had also noted down his name and clicked his photographs.