New Delhi, Jan 18 (Agencies): Reacting on London based diplomat Anil Verma beating his wife, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said, on Tuesday, the government should stop the increments of such high-ranking officials who abuse their positions.

"Strong action should be taken against such officials and their increments should be stopped," Tirath said on the sidelines of a function here.

Verma, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre and third-ranked diplomat in the Indian High Commission in United Kingdom, found himself in trouble when his wife covered in blood was found screaming by neighbours on December 11.

When the police arrived, 45-year-old Verma, Minister (Economic) in the Indian mission, claimed diplomatic immunity and escaped action.

Tirath also termed the action of a khap panchayat banning girls from wearing jeans as unconstitutional".

A UP khap panchayat had passed a diktat against wearing jeans last week on the grounds that it had a "bad effect" on young women and "eve-teasing incidents had increased due to their objectionable clothes".