//Women cops no guarantee against sexual abuse

Women cops no guarantee against sexual abuse

8 Apr, 2005  TIMES NEWS NETWORK

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Women cops are no guarantee against sexual abuse in police custody, two cases taken up by the state human rights commission pointed out.

The Kerala Human Rights Commission has taken up the case of a Tamil woman, T.Santhi (40), who was arrested for carrying narcotics. She is currently lodged in the Central prison.

The commission member, S Varghese, who visited the woman suspect following a sexual abuse complaint, suo moto registered a case against two policemen of the narcotic cell for outraging the woman's modesty while in custody.

The medical report has established sexual abuse, said Varghese.

He has now sought a report from the director-general of police — returnable by April 28.

According to the victim, the accused cops had called her in to a secluded room on the plea of recording statements and taking the fingerprint. But they, instead sexually abused her.

The women cops on duty were not a deterrent to accused, the commission member noted.

The commission member recalled a similar sexual abuse incident taken place in the Attingal sub-jail.

The woman police were also present when policemen physically violated a woman's modest in custody, he noted.