NHRC Issues Notice To Gurugram Police After Assam Woman Physically Assaulted In Lockup

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The 30-year-old Assam woman was allegedly stripped, thrashed and detained for several hours by police on theft allegations
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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on September 5th, 2019 sent a notice to the Commissioner of Police, Gurugram, Haryana after a 30-year-old woman from Assam was allegedly stripped, thrashed and detained for several hours by police on theft allegations.

The incident took place on September 3rd, 2019 when she was called by the DLF Phase-I police station, Gurugram, Haryana.

The NHRC in a statement wrote, “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that a 30-year-old maid was detained for several hours, stripped and thrashed badly, on allegations of theft, by the police personnel of DLF-I Police Station, Gurugram, Haryana on Tuesday. The Gurugram Police Commissioner has, reportedly, initiated a departmental enquiry into the incident and sent the four policemen, including the SHO, to the police lines.”

The Commission has also asked for a detailed report on the matter from the Commissioner of Police, Gurugram, Haryana, along with an action taken against the guilty police personnel in four weeks.

The Commission has also observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, are a matter of concern as the inhuman, barbaric and atrocious act, allegedly, perpetrated by the police personnel inside the police station raises a serious issue of violation of human dignity, liberty, life and safety of the victim.

In the statement, it further mentioned, “The media reports also seem to suggest gross violation of duty by the public servants, destroying the fundamental edifice of the rule of law, which clearly ensures that no one shall be deprived of the safety of life and limb, much less, an outrageous act of dehumanizing of a helpless woman, whose modesty appears to have been trampled down by the police personnel.”

It may be mentioned, the victim was working as a domestic help in a house located in DLF Phase-I, Gurugram. On July 31st, 2019, a theft occurred in the house where the victim was working. The owner of the house suspected two women including the victim in connection with the robbery.

Later, the owner registered a case in the DLF-I police station against the woman and accordingly she was called for questioning on the morning of September 3rd, 2019.

The NHRC in the statement said that the police officials took her to a room in the police station and removed her clothes and severely assaulted her fragile limbs. It has also been reported that her lower back was hit so badly that the skin had peeled off, as a result, she was not able to walk.

“It is further reported that around 9 PM, the same day, the victim called her husband to the police station. The police personnel asked him to take her home and bring back the next day. The incident came to light when some North East organizations got to know of her ordeal and they protested in front of the police station demanding action against the erring police personnel,” the statement read.  

Graphic: Time8

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