Days after a Gujarat police constable was suspended for sharing her video on Chinese social media platform TikTok, the officer who is probing her case shared a video on the app too.
Alpita Chaudhary, 24, was suspended when the TikTok video she made went viral. In the video, she could be seen dancing and singing inside the police station, yet she wasn’t in her uniform.
The controversy began again when her investigating officer Manjita Vanzara, 30, also shared a TikTok video. Defending herself, she said everyone has the right to be on social media and added that they are all “young police officers”, possibly referring to how it is considered “normal” if other youths indulge in such activity.
According to an Indian Express report, Manjita, who is the niece of controversial IPS officer DG Vanzara, also explained that Chaudhary was suspended because she was “not wearing the uniform during duty hours” and not because she shared the video.
Both Ahmedabad and Vadodara police chiefs have reiterated that it is not acceptable for police personnel in uniform to engage in any activity that could tarnish the image of the police force.
However, AK Singh, Police Commissioner, Ahmedabad, has said that they will scrutinise both cases individually and find if any of them flout discipline rules laid down by the forces.
On the other hand, Anupamsinh Gahlaut, Commissioner of Police, Vadodara city, said that making a video on a song while in uniform sends out a bad impression of the forces.
In the past, punitive action was taken against another cop over similar charges. Vadodara sub-inspector Arun Mishra was transferred from the Crime Branch to the traffic branch for posting a song video while wearing uniform inside the police station.
Lok Rakshak Dal constable Chaudhary had shared a video of herself dancing to a Bollywood track inside Langhnaj police station. A police lockup could be seen behind her.
Vanzara, 30, who was inquiring into the whole episode, stated: “She (Chaudhary) was doing an eight-hour shift. Excess use of cellphones is not allowed under such circumstances. Similarly, had the cop been posted on bandobast duty, then too, she would not have been allowed that much distraction on duty. This is the reason she was suspended, not for using TikTok.”