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Report No. 84

3.10. Suggestions regarding presence of male relative near the lock up.-

During our oral discussions with various women's organisations,1 it has been suggested that when women are detained in police custody or in judicial lock up, a male relative of the woman should be allowed to remain at a place close to the lock up, so that he may be able to keep vigilance over what is happening in the lock up to the female inmate.

While we do not consider it practicable to make it a mandatory statutory requirement, we do recommend that it should be included in the executive instructions on the subject. The reason why we do not, at the moment, feel inclined to suggest a statutory provision is that we are not sure if such arrangements can be made at every police station. The shape and size of a police station and its precincts would vary from area to area; so would the facilities that could be provided for the purpose.

1. Discussion held on the 15th April, 1980.

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