“We were beaten and abused by male cops inside police station”: Two Budgam women allege

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Srinagar: Two women from the Branwar Village of Budgam district’s Chadoora area have alleged that they were detained on 15 September 2020 by a posse of police personnel, all men, and lodged in a police station after an argument with a man in an ongoing land dispute.

The two women, sisters Raja Begum and Mughli Begum, were working in the field when the heated argument had taken place, said Ms. Raja, shortly after which police personnel, who were not accompanied by any female personnel, arrived in the village and detained them.

“[Initially] we thought that we would be allowed to go back [home] soon but that did not happen as we were directly taken to the Chadoora police station where we were kept for a night,” said Ms. Raja.

The male police personnel at the station, according to Ms. Raja, misbehaved with them. “We were beaten and abused by them [the policemen],” she said, adding that their phones were also taken away and not allowed to inform their family about their detention.

Ms. Raja said that they were shifted to the Women’s Police Station in Srinagar’s Rambagh area, the next day, where they were detained for another night. “They treated us at least better than how we were treated at Chadoora Police Station. The women were released a day later.

The Kashmir Walla tried speaking to the Station House Officer, Khalida Parveen at Women’s Police Station Rambagh regarding the matter. The person receiving the call denied to be Ms. Parveen but after confirming about the reason, she started answering on behalf of Ms. Parveen and said that Women’s Police Station Rambagh had nothing to do with the issue. “We only kept the two women in custody after they were brought to the police station by the Chadoora Police personnel,” said Ms. Parveen.

However, Ms. Parveen denied to answer any further questions regarding the case and told The Kashmir Walla reporter to prove their identity by coming to the police station.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Amod Nagpure however denied the allegations and said that legal procedure was followed while arresting them and a First Information Report (FIR) numbered 158 of 2020 — for theft and trespassing — was filed against them.

“They were arrested under Section 379, 147 and 447 IPC. They were properly arrested in the presence of women police,” said Mr. Nagpure. “Women cannot be arrested without the presence of women police.

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