Almost a week after an inter-caste couple were attacked by a group of right-wing activists and four policemen in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut, no arrest has been made. The Hindu woman and Muslim man were targeted for being friends, but they seem no closer to getting justice. Where the three of the four policemen have been awarded transfer as a 'punishment' to Gorakhpur, none of the 18 right-wing activists has been taken into custody so far.
As the incident came to light, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh promised to take corrective action against the "errant cops" immediately. Still, no FIR has been filed against any of the police personnel involved and all their attackers -- purportedly affiliated to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad are walking free.
Meanwhile, the victims of the alleged attack have decided to stay out from Meerut fearing of being attacked again.
"I don't want to return to college because I am scared and embarrassed. I get frequent threat calls from the accused and their relatives... they say they will come to my college and kill me," the man said. He also said that he doesn't expect the police to provide protection, as till now, he has not even been called to record a statement yet.
Meerut Superintendent of Police (City) Ranvijay Singh, he claimed that the police were busy with the ongoing Kranti Yatra. "We will look into this case after that," he said.
According to the victim, a Muslim man, the incident occurred on September 23 when the woman came to his residence to collect a book. "She was just about to leave when a group of people came along and started asking me my name. They then began to beat me up, saying that it was unsavoury for two people from different communities to meet like this. They told me that it always starts with friendship, then advances to romance and love jihad," he said.
He was beaten up by the men, they also kicked his private parts until his eyes and nose started bleeding. The UP 100 van arrived at the spot later and picked woman and left. However, the woman was slapped by a female cop repeatedly and others passed objectionabled remarks. Videos of both the incidents went viral in the days that followed, and the policemen were suspended to control the situation and later transfered.