Mumbai policeman suspended after towing vehicle with woman breastfeeding infant

  • Mumbai policeman suspended after towing vehicle with woman breastfeeding infant

Mumbai policeman suspended after towing vehicle with woman breastfeeding infant

A video clip showing a private vehicle being towed away despite a woman and her infant child being inside went viral on social media on Saturday, leading to the suspension of a Mumbai Traffic Police constable.

The video shows that the policement did not stop and continued speaking on the mobile phone even after the onlookers protested and warned that something untoward could happen to both the woman and the child. The video clearly indicates that the parent could have averted the situation of having the infant in the vehicle while it was towed, but she chose otherwise.

The incident took place on SV Road in Malad.

A video which surfaced on social media shows the auto has been towed when a woman was reportedly breast-feeding her child inside.

After the video went viral on the internet, immediate action was taken on the traffic cop named Shashank Rane and he was suspended on Saturday. But she was a guarded in her comment and indicated that the role of the mother also needs to be examined, if she had indeed jumped with the infant into the moving vehicle.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the policeman had been suspended and termed the episode "unfortunate".

The video contradicts the account of the alleged victim, who told ANI that the policemen did not even ask her to get down before towing the auto, even when she told them that she was breastfeeding.

Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar ordered an urgent investigation that will be conducted by the deputy commissioner of police.

A decision about departmental action against him will be taken after the report is received, he added. Our first concern is that of the child. But I read in the morning that the mother kept sitting inside the moving auto. When she is asked whether she knows the name of the police constable in question, she says, "I do not know his name.There was no name plate on his shirt. If the case proves that the mother has been irresponsible on her part, then a case should be booked against her as well", she told media. "Traffic personnel will be sensitised to avoid such an incident from being repeated in future", said a senior official.