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Kerala HC Calls For expedite screening into allegations in humiliating Minor Publically

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Swarna Shukla-

Published On: November 19, 2021 at 20:02 IST

The Kerala High Court asked the police authorities to ensure that the investigation against the five Police Officials, who allegedly demanded a bribe from the parents of missing girls, is concluded in the manner as mandated in law and without any delay.

Justice Devan Ramachandran was hearing a matter where an 8-year-old girl was allegedly Accused of stealing a mobile phone from a Pink Police Officer and thereby humiliated in public. The phone was later recovered from Accused’s bag which was kept in the patrolling vehicle itself.

Advocate A.K. Preetha representing the Petitioner brought to the notice of the Court that the only action taken against the Civil Police Officer was transfer to a favourable location and urged that stringent action be initiated against the Accused.

The totality of allegations, which entailed a sordid saga of torment and harassment to the family and the victims, would have to be taken into account.

The Judge orally expressed his shock and disappointment at the incident when the matter was taken up and stated, “She is an 8-year-old girl. Assuming the allegations are right, how can a police officer treat her like this? Traumatising a child, what will the world think of us?”

Senior Government Pleader and Additional Public Prosecutor O. Narayanan submitted that he only had oral instructions in the matter and as per such instructions, the Officer had been transferred to Kollam and is undergoing behavioural training.

Empathising with the plight of the child, the Judge informed the petitioner’s counsel that he was willing to give her any support she requires, include medical attention and protection.

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