The police got an earful from the high court for not registering a first information report from a woman.
“When a woman comes to the police station to lodge a complaint against a man, there should not be any apprehension that she must had been having affair with that man. You (police) need to find out the facts before making up your mind,” said Justice Ranjana Desai, while hearing a petition filed by a girl from a village in West Bengal who was allegedly forced into prostitution.
A division bench of Justice Desai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar was hearing a petition filed by 21-year-old Sonali (name changed), who alleged that one Rajesh Rajput — whom she has known for a decade — forced her into prostitution.
Her petition alleged that despite her repeated attempts, Malavani police station did not register her complaint.
According to her petition, Sonali had approached Malvani police station in 2005, when then senior police inspector Suryavanshi (now ACP) refused to take her complaint.
On Monday, the court summoned all police officials from Malavani police station. They have been directed to trace Rajput’s antecedents. The court also asked the police to specify the action to be taken against him.
The bench also asked the commissioner of police for the details of the police stations in the city, which did not have a woman police officer.
“There was no female cop in the police station. How women will be treated in absence of female cops?” asked Justice Desai, adding: “Those who have dealt with police knows how it works.”
The court asked additional public prosecutor Poornima Kantharia to get information on the presence of female cops in city police stations.