Woman Employee Beaten By Senior In Andhra Pradesh For ‘Asking Him To Wear Mask’

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The video of a woman being assaulted for allegedly asking her colleague to wear mask has come to light from the Nellore District in Andhra Pradesh. The woman, who is said to be an employee at an Andhra Pradesh Tourism Hotel was attacked by the hotel’s deputy manager on 27th June, after she allegedly advised him to wear a mask. The CCTV footage of the same went viral on Tuesday, ANI reported. A case has been registered against the accused government employee and an investigation is underway.

C Bhaskar has been arrested for assaulting his colleague with a stick and abusing her for asking him to wear a face mask as part of COVID-19 norms.

The incident that was recorded on video is from 27 June, but it went viral on social media platforms on Tuesday. Soon after this, the Nellore district police arrested the senior employee, reportedly named C Bhaskar for assaulting his colleague with a stick and abusing her for asking him to wear a face mask as part of COVID-19 norms.

“We have arrested the accused, C Bhaskar, working as deputy manager at the AP Tourism Hotel and he has been sent in judicial remand. A case was booked against him under Section 354 (assaulting a woman intending to outrage her modesty), 355 (using force to dishonour a person) and 324 (causing injuries using a weapon),” Dargamitta sub-inspector of police K Venugopal said, Hindustan Times reported.

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The Incident

The 43-year old woman is reportedly a contractual employee with the state tourism department. The police reported that Bhaskar had been fostering a grouse against the woman for the past few days. This Saturday, he was talking to a senior accountant, Narasimha Rao, without wearing a mask. To this, the woman suggested that he should wear a mask. “Enraged at this, Bhaskar allegedly abused her, dragged her from her chair, caught hold of her hair and started beating her on her face and head with a stick pulled out from a wooden chair. He also insulted her in front of others,” the SI said, quoting the complaint.

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As can be seen in the video, other employees tried to intervene, but he kept assaulting the woman. A Disha police station (exclusive police stations to deal with crime against women) has been directed to take the cognizance of the matter.

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