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Report No. 84

3.3. Feeling of insecurity.-

It has been strongly impressed upon us by all the women's organisations, and also by those who sent us suggestions in writing, that whenever a woman is called to a police station for interrogation or when she is arrested or detained in a police station, she feels insecure and always apprehends that the police will subject her to bodily pain, suffering and harassment and may even rape her. The feeling is held too strongly not to have some basis of fact. In any case, the very fact that such a feeling exists is, in itself, a sad commentary on the uprightness and credit of the police.

It is not one born of the events in the comparatively recent past, but is one which has grown up over the years on account of the conduct and attitude of the police towards the women with whom they come in contact during the course or investigation of offences. In our view, as criminal activities involving women grow, the need for an elimination of this feeling of apprehension and of giving adequate protection against police misdeeds to women, whenever they are called to police stations, becomes far more insistent.



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