In a shocking incident, Madhya Pradesh animal husbandry minister Kusum Mehdele on Sunday kicked a boy for allegedly seeking alms from her in Panna, reported The Times of India.
According to the report, Mehdele, who had taken part in a cleanliness drive, was sweeping a road near a bus stand on Sunday afternoon. It is then that the boy, a teenager, is said to have approached her and begged her to give him a rupee.
Mehdele, however, kicked the boy on his head and security personnel then took him away from the spot.
CaughtOnCam: MP Minister Kusum Mehdele kicking a 14- year old boy who allegedly was begging her for money. pic.twitter.com/3l1KmXT666â€” ANI (@ANI_news) November 1, 2015
The report further states that senior officials, including the collector and SP, present at the spot remained mute spectators when the incident unfolded.
Earlier this year, the minister had grabbed headlines for having sent a proposal to the state's forest department seeking a new law which would allow people to keep tigers and lions as pets, for the animals' conservation.