Public humiliation by Pink Police: HC rejects govt's stand that it can't compensate victim

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The Kerala High Court had said that the minor girl, who along with her father were accused of theft by a woman pink police officer has to be compensated by the state.

Screengrab of the incident | Photo: Mathrubhumi News

Kochi: The Kerala High Court turned down the report submitted by the Kerala government over the incident of humiliation of girl by a woman police officer in Attingal. The court disapproved the report and said that the state must take responsibility for the incident.

The Kerala High Court had said that the minor girl and her father, who were accused of theft by a woman pink police officer, has to be compensated by the state. The girl had sought Rs 50 lakh from the government as compensation.

The government claimed that there was no violation of the girl’s fundamental rights and it cannot compensate. The government also said that there were faults on the part of the officer and that necessary steps to mitigate were taken already. The government also made it clear that further action cannot be taken against the police officer.

The government submitted the statements of four witnesses in the report stating that the officer did not behave wrongly with the girl.

The incident occurred on August 27 when Attingal resident Jayachandran reached Moonumukku with his eight-year-old daughter, who wanted to watch the movement of a massive cargo to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thumba.

Rajitha, a woman police officer attached to the Pink police, was deployed to assist in traffic regulation and she accused the duo of stealing her mobile phone that was kept in the police vehicle.

In a video that went viral, the officer and her colleague were seen harassing the father and the daughter and even frisking him. The child broke down amid their harassment.

However, when an onlooker dialled the number of the officer, the mobile phone was found in the police vehicle, following which the police team left the scene without even tendering an apology to the father and the daughter.

As part of disciplinary action, the woman officer was transferred and the State police chief directed her to undergo behavioural training.

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