Video of Mumbai police towing car with woman breastfeeding her baby still inside goes viral

Woman pleaded the cop to stop and flashed her medical prescription but he continued speaking on his cell phone

News Desk November 12, 2017
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A video showing a car with a woman sitting in the rear seat being towed away by the Mumbai traffic police while she was breastfeeding her seven-month-old child has gone viral and triggered outrage.

She pleaded the traffic policeman to stop and flashed her medical prescription from the window saying she was unwell but the cop appeared unconcerned and continued speaking on his cell phone, NDTV reported.

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

The woman, who has been identified as Jyoti Male, said that the traffic policeman did not ask her to get down even once.

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“The policemen towing the car did not even once ask me to get down, even when I told them that I am breastfeeding my baby they still did not stop,” she said.

Fadnavis said it was absolutely insensitive and dangerous to tow the vehicle with the woman and the child inside.

"The policeman has been suspended and orders have been given to sensitise traffic cops so as to prevent such incidents," he added.

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

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"He [the deputy commissioner] has been ordered to visit and conduct an inquiry into the incident immediately. The case will be handled appropriately and sternly after the report is received," Kumar said.

Male claimed that two other vehicles parked there were not taken away, but her car was chosen for towing which did not stop even after citizens protested.

The policeman, Shashank Rane, was also not wearing his name badge, which is against the rules of the Maharashtra police.



FYI | 4 years ago | Reply Kindly note that footage that surfaced later shows the woman holding her child and rushing into the car just before it was towed.
Jamal | 4 years ago | Reply Police in Pakistan would have done the same.
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