Wives of Kasaragod police officers file plaint against Inspector alleging torture of husbands
Kasaragod: The wives of 12 police officers have filed a complaint with Women’s Commission against a superior officer alleging mental harassment of their husbands. The complaint was filed against the Telecommunication officer of Kasaragod Police. Although he was asked to appear for evidence collection on Monday, Women’s Commission member Shahida Kamal said he did not turn up. In this context, Additional District Police Superintendent has been instructed by the commission to submit a detailed report.
The inspector has been told to appear for the next meeting scheduled to take place on January 24. The representative of the women’s commission could not meet the inspector despite visiting his office at the district police headquarters. His office has 28 officers under him, out of which the wives of 12 officers filed the complaint.
Six of the complainants gave their statements on Monday. One of the complainants stated that her husband was not given permission to leave office even after he was informed that the officer’s father collapsed. The officer's father died after they could not take him to a hospital on time. Not being able to handle the torture, two officers even sought transfer and left. The complaints also mention that even after they return home, the officers will be under great mental stress, which has cause sleeplessness and other serious ailments.
The inspector is an Ernakulam native. He took charge in Kasaragod in 2018. Although he was transferred to Kothamangalam in August, he managed to get a stay from the court.
Reacting to the complaints raised against him, the inspector said he was not ready to compromise on his work. They had complained to the superior officers many times but they were rejected after it was found baseless following investigation. He also said that officers making major mistakes will be reported and exceptions cannot be given in this regard.