Facebook arrest: Women’s Commission seeks copy of police report

Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) has issued a notice to Thane Rural police seeking a copy of the detailed report compiled by them regarding the arrest of two Palghar girls over their Facebook post.

Former bureaucrat and lawyer Abha Singh had filed a complaint seeking intervention after arrest and release of Shaheen Dhada and her friend Rinu Srinivas.

The girls were arrested by the Thane Rural police for their alleged inflammatory post questioning bandh in Mumbai following Sena chief Bal Thackeray's death. The two were released on bail the next day.

Maharashtra government had ordered an IG level inquiry on whether the arrests were made in haste, if charges applied were appropriate and if there was delay in taking action against those involved in violence at the orthopaedic clinic run by Dhada's uncle.

On Friday, Inspector General (IG) of Police, Konkan Range, in a detailed report submitted to Maharashtra DGP, Sanjeev Dayal on Friday, recommended administrative and departmental action against indicted officials for using "unjustified" sections against the girls for posting "critical" comment.

"A letter was issued today to the IG seeking a copy of the report and also asking for other papers related to the case including the station diary," said Singh.

Singh in her complaint claimed that the girls were illegally detained till midnight and police had failed to comply with SC guidelines laid down for arrest of women.

"Palghar police clearly failed to follow the guidelines that say arrest can be made only in serious offences. The police arbitrarily went ahead and arrested the girls. They were also detained the whole night, which is against the law," Singh further added.

The complaint seeks departmental action against the police if proven guilty.

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