Thursday, September 11, 2014

Two policemen are to be suspended for charging a one-year-old child with "coercion" ahead of a by-election in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

A police report noted that "10-12-month-old Nazim", and his father Yasin, could disrupt the peace of the poll. Police often prepare lists of potential trouble-makers and criminals ahead of local elections and send them to the relevant authorities and courts. In 2011, a five-year-old boy in Bihar state was charged with disrupting the peace during village council elections. Police later said that it was a case of mistaken identity and they meant to charge his elder brother with disorderly conduct. And in 2006, the Bihar police charged a six-year-old girl with attacking them and helping her father escape from police custody.

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