The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL, filed last year, which had sought separate lock-ups for women guarded by women police personnel in the capital’s police stations. The petition was dismissed by the court on the grounds that the plea had been filed by an “interested party” and could not be taken up as a PIL.
In a PIL filed in July 2014, advocate Avadh Kaushik had alleged that his client, a woman, had been arrested late in the evening by male police officers. He claimed that his client had been “sexually abused, harassed and humiliated” by policemen in the lock-up.
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Kaushik had also referred to another case, in which a woman was allegedly arrested under similar circumstances, and claimed that neither woman were produced before the magistrate concerned till the day after their arrest. The High Court had sought responses from the Centre and the Delhi government, and was informed of the procedures in place regarding protection of women in custody at Tihar Jail. But the status reports filed by the government had not mentioned the situation in police lock-ups.
The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath noted that the PIL had been filed on the basis of the allegations made by Kaushik’s client. Further, the bench noted that the same allegations had been raised before the concerned court of the additional sessions judge (ASJ), which had directed that an investigation be carried out against the policemen named by the woman. An FIR had been registered on the basis of the directions issued by the ASJ in March 2014.