The Madhya Pradesh home department has asked the police to provide a translator for the jailed Uzbek woman, Djuraeva Barno, to make her aware about the accusations against her.
The 37-year-old accused was arrested on December 9, 2015 from the Misrod locality for allegedly staying in India without a valid visa. She was booked under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and is being held in the Bhopal Central Jail while her case is under trial at the district court.
The police claim that the accused entered the country illegally from Nepal and was living here since July 26, 2014.
“Barno’s case is under trial and more than 10 hearings have taken place in the court. It was known from the first day that she knows only Uzbeki language, the native language of Uzbekistan. With this letter written by the home ministry to the police department (on June 2, 2016) asking to provide her with a translator, the proceedings till date are null and void,” said counsel of Barno Manoj Srivastava.
Srivastava said the letter proved the insensitivity of the police department while handling the case.
“The letter asking the police department to make Barno aware about the accusations proves the laxity and insensitivity of the Bhopal police when they pressed charges against her. They knew that she did not know English or Hindi. How did the police conduct its initial investigation and put charges against her?” added Srivastava.
Superintendent of police, South, Anshuman Singh said the process of providing a translator to the accused was underway.
“We are aware of the seriousness of the case as it involves a foreign national. Efforts by the police are on to provide a translator to the foreign national according to the norms and regulations. The police have also decided to appoint a nodal officer in the case who will inform the cops about the proceedings in the court,” said Singh.