Kerala high court | Photo: Mathrubhumi Library
Kochi: Kerala High Court on Monday strongly criticised the pink police officer for insulting a minor girl and her father in Attingal over alleged mobile phone theft. The court suggested the problem would have been solved if the policewoman had hugged and consoled the crying child. The police should have apologised to the girl. However, their ego didn’t allow it, the high court observed.
The court also criticised the police department’s decision to transfer the officer instead of taking stern actions against the policewoman. The court also sought a detailed report from the state police chief on the matter.
Earlier, the footage of the incident was produced before the court. Later, High Court Judge Justice Devan Ramachandran stated that the visuals were disturbing.
The court told the lawyer who appeared for the woman police officer that a proper apology would have ended the whole matter. “The girl had been crying when the row erupted. The officials should have remembered the mental state of that child. After witnessing this, the child would never find trust in police officers, the court pointed out.
The court said other officers who were present during the time also failed to comfort the child. The court has deferred further hearing into the case to June 6. Meantime, the court also demanded the complainant’s lawyers to submit the information regarding the medical treatment the child had to undergo after the incident.