Rao pushes him off and carries on beating the victim.
A female worker was violently attacked by her male colleague after she reminded him to wear a face mask in the office.
The shocking incident happened at a hotel in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.
CCTV footage captured the violent attack in which Deputy Manager Bhaskar Rao used the broken-off arm of a chair to beat Checuri Usharani as she crouched on the floor in fear.
It was reported that the incident took place on June 27, 2020, following a verbal altercation after the victim asked Rao to wear a face mask.
The polite request angered Rao who proceeded to grab his colleague by the hair and drag her to the ground before grabbing the wooden arm and repeatedly hitting her with it.
Shocked employees tried to intervene, however, Rao continued with the attack.
One male employee tries to stop him but Rao pushes him off and carries on beating the victim.
Meanwhile, another female worker is shocked by what she sees and runs out.
Rao hits Ms Usharani several more times before a man tries to reason with him.
At the same time, a man in a blue shirt is seen rushing towards the attacker and grabbing his arm before snatching the weapon.
Rao then stops the violent attack towards his co-worker.
Ms Usharani was left with serious injuries. It was reported that Rao held a grudge against the victim long before the assault.
The victim filed a police complaint on June 30, 2020. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Rao and he was subsequently arrested.
#WATCH An employee of a hotel in Nellore under Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department beat up a woman colleague on 27th June following a verbal spat. Case registered against the man under relevant sections. pic.twitter.com/6u9HjlXvOR
— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
Dargamitta sub-inspector of police K Venugopal said:
“We have arrested the accused, Bhaskar Rao, 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).”
Police officers said that Rao became enraged and felt insulted after his colleague advised him to wear a face mask as a safety precaution amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nellore Police wrote on Twitter:
“Nellore district police are extremely sensitive to any violation or crime against women. Women’s safety is our top priority.”
National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma tweeted:
“I am going to take it up right away. He needs to be booked for his act.”