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Woman detained at police station during night

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The Chairperson
National Human Rights Commission
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
I want to bring in your kind attention towards the news published in Times of India on dated 14 December, 2013 regarding Woman detained at police station during night
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Lenin Raghuvanshi
Secretary General

Woman detained at police station during night

TNN | Dec 14, 2013, 03.11 AM IST

KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Friday ordered that an FIR should be registered against a sub inspector of police for illegally detaining a woman at the police station all night and beating her.

A division bench comprising justices Antony Dominic and A V Ramakrishna Pillai ordered registering an FIR against Aranmula sub inspector Vinod Kumar after a woman produced before the court in a habeas corpus case informed the court that she was detained at the police station during night and slapped by the sub inspector.

The woman was produced at the high court by police on Friday morning as per the court's interim order on a habeas corpus petition filed by her mother. The mother's petition had said her daughter, who got married recently, had gone missing after she went with her husband to his brother's house at Palakkad on October 9.

Based on the court's interim order, the couple was located by police near Aranmula and was presented before the court on Friday morning.

During the hearing, the woman told the court about her plight and the court directed the police officer in charge of high court's security to come to the court along with a woman police constable. The police team was asked to record the woman's statement about the ill-treatment by the SI in writing. When the court commenced hearing in the afternoon, the police team submitted the recorded statement to the court.

After perusing the statement, the court said it specified non-bailable offences committed by the sub inspector. The court then issued an order to Pathanamthitta superintendent of police to register a case against the SI and asked the director general of police to provide an explanation regarding the incident.

According to section 160 of Criminal Procedure Code, no police officer should summon a woman to a police station as a witness. Police should record the statement of women witnesses at the place where they reside.

Even if a woman is accused of a crime and is to be arrested, it should be avoided between sunset and sunrise, according to guidelines on arrest issued by National Human Rights Commission.

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