Delhi: Muslim woman assaulted inside police station

37-year-old Hamida, a resident of Dayalpur in Northeast Delhi has alleged that she was brutally beaten up by Girish Jain, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Dayalpur police station while in custody, The Cognate reported.

Hamida and her husband Mumtaz who are partially disabled own a house in Nehru Vihar, Karawal Nagar, Northeast Delhi and according to the news portal, she was detained after a petty tiff between her neighbour and tenant on 30 August, snowballed into a scuffle.

“On the same day (30 August) at around 8 PM, SHO Dayalpur police station along with other policemen came inquiring about me and asked me to produce the verification form and agreement of our tenant. I had an 11-month agreement which I produced before them. Then they asked me to accompany them to my tenant’s house, to which I said the address is mentioned in the agreement, I cannot go since my husband is not at home and my children are alone,” Hamida told The Cognate.

Minutes later, she was forcefully dragged into a jeep and taken to the police station for “inquiry.”

“They then took me to the police station, where one constable forced me into a small dark room, tied my hands and the SHO then thrashed my thighs and back with a green colored plastic hose. He hurled abuses on me and beat me up brutally. I couldn’t move properly for the next two weeks,” Hamida shared the ordeal.

There were around 5 policemen, of which 2 were in civil clothes and three were in uniform, there was no lady constable with them, according to The Cognate.

Hamida also accused Girish Jain of threatening her to remain silent about the brutal treatment. It was 2 AM when her husband’s brother got her out on bail.

Hamida had filed a complaint against SHO Girish Jain, addressing the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Northeast. The copies of the complaint were also sent to the Delhi Police Commissioner, State Human Rights Commission, and Delhi Minorities Commission.

The DCP of North East Delhi tweeted that Hamida’s complaint had been marked to a senior officer of the Public Grievance Cell and that inquiry was underway.

“Jungle Raj? Delhi woman from Nehru Vihar beaten blue & black by Girish Jain, SHO Dayalpur, NE Delhi on 30 August. 37-year-old Hamida, wife of Mumtaz (both disabled), dragged to police station, kept there from 8 pm till 2 am next day; SHO beat her with plastic hose, ripping open,” reads a tweet by Zafarul Islam Khan, former Delhi Minorities Commission chairman.