“Charkop police have been harassing single men and women living in Jankalyan Nagar complex in Malad by knocking at unearthly hours,” alleged television artist Arti Dave on Wednesday.
Dave was allegedly compelled to go to Charkop police station on Monday early morning for allegedly playing loud music and drinking in her own apartment. She was subjected to medical tests to ascertain if she was intoxicated and the police booked her under section 110 of the Bombay Police Act for behaving indecently in public.
Dave said three girls living in a rented flat told her that the police came knocking at their flat at around 2 am on December 6th, and abused them. “Many youngsters including young men and women bachelors who stay in the society said to me that they too are being harassed in a similar way,” said Dave.
Meanwhile, the state human rights commission has issued a notice to the city police taking suo-moto cognizance of purported harassment meted out to TV artiste.
“The police crossed all limits of decency by encroaching upon her privacy and her human rights,” Justice (Retired) Kshitij Vyas, chairperson of the human rights commission has observed in the notice issued on Wednesday. The notice also says, “Police, while exercising their powers do require restraint, especially while dealing with a woman.”
The notice alleges that knocking at Dave’s door at 3.00 am in absence of a woman constable question police actions. Along with city police commissioner D Shivanandan, DCP Zone 11 Sanjay Banerjee, senior inspector Dnyaneshwar Jadhav and inspector Ramchandra Gaikwad attached to Charkop police station, have been asked to respond to the notice.
Deputy commissioner of police Sanjay Banerjee declined to comment.