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Guj HC asks Chief Magistrate to inquire into UK woman's case

The Gujarat High Court asked the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Ahmedabad to inquire into the incident of the British women who was allegedly 'humiliated' in open court.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2009 01:22 IST

The Gujarat High Court on Friday asked the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Ahmedabad to inquire into the incident of the British women who was allegedly 'humiliated' in open court.

Following her experience during hearing of the case on Monday, UK woman Kaya Eldridge had written to the High Court Chief Justice KS Radhakrishnan, stating that she was humiliated in the courtroom of magistrate NM Gundeliya.

The incident happened during the hearing of a case of Kaya, where she had alleged that a plumber who had come to her house for repair works had molested her.

"The Chief Justice on Friday asked the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate to inquire into the matter and asked for a status report," Eldridge's lawyer Meena Jagtap said.

She said the Chief Justice has asked the magistrate to ascertain whether the trial in this case took place in accordance with the law.

As in cases involving criminal acts like rape or sexual harassment, the Supreme Court guidelines say that court proceedings should take place 'in-camera' so as to avoid not only embarrassment to the victim in courtroom but also to protect her identity.

Eldridge, a 23-year-old British woman was allegedly molested by a plumber Pragnesh Chhatrada last month, who was later arrested and charge-sheeted.