Here Justice dies ……
By Adv. Suma Joseph
When Delhi was boiling after the December 16 gang rape just fews days later on 27th December a 55 year old woman was tortured and sexually assaulted in police custody. On 27th December 2012, the old lady along with her grand daughter arrived at Nizammudin Railway Station. She had come to see her daughter and son in law who had lost both his legs in an accident.
She was taken into police custody on false charges of kidnapping. There were 7 police officers and no female constable to accompany her. She was beaten up all night by these police officers with no specific evidence or reason to do so. She was battered with belts and sticks by the officers. Also one of the police officer sexually assaulted her and forced her for unnatural sex.
The poor 60 year old lady was harassed for 4 days at stretch and her grand daughter left alone on the railway station. She was threatened for life and respect. When HRLN Lawyer met her in prison she was covered with bruises and wounds all over her body. The tragedy of the case is that even when she was taken before the Magistrate, he failed to see the bruises on her face and marks on her body.
What can be worst is that a poor lady was asked to submit Rs. 10, 000 as bail bond for the first time by the duty magistrate on January 1st and later in the concerned court , the magistrate asked for furnishing surety amount of Rs. 15000. An urgent application was moved by HRLN in the high court for a fresh medical and action to be taken against the police. The court issued notice to file status report and production of the petitioner. The next date of hearing is on 21st February 2013.