Policemen Suspended For Charging A Baby With Coercion And Intimidation

12/09/2014 11:05 | Updated 20 May 2015

Policemen suspended for charging a baby with 'coercion and intimidation'

Two policemen are to be suspended for charging a baby with 'coercion and intimidation'.

The charges were made ahead of a by-election, which is to take place tomorrow (September 13) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

A police report stated that '10-12-month-old' Nazim and his 28-year-old father Yaseen could disrupt the peace of the poll'.

It's been reported that the incident has caused outrage in the area.

Police often prepare lists of potential trouble-makers and criminals ahead of local elections. These lists are then sent to the relevant authorities and courts.

"We have already initiated departmental proceedings against the concerned police officials who are to be suspended by this [Thursday] evening," senior police official Guloab Singh told the BBC.

"It is now clear that the police officials did not visit the area and prepared their report on just hearsay without verifying facts. We have taken the matter very seriously and are ensuring such incidents do not happen in the future."

The Times of India reports that the district police filed a report that the baby and his father might attempt to take control of voting booths and intimidate voters during the by-poll.

Yaseen and his son were then served with court summons in anticipation of a possible 'breach of the peace.'

In 2011, a five-year-old boy in Bihar state was charged with disrupting the peace during village council elections. Police later said it was a case of mistaken identity and they had meant to charge the boy's elder brother with disorderly conduct.

The charges were made despite the fact that under Indian law, the police cannot file a criminal case against a child below seven years of age.

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