Kerala High Court Blasts Police for Ignoring Protection Pleas - The New Indian Express

Kerala High Court Blasts Police for Ignoring Protection Pleas

Published: 05th December 2013 09:03 AM

Last Updated: 05th December 2013 09:21 AM

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday pulled up the state police for turning a blind eye to complaints on harassment and petitions for police protection by the common people.

The Bench observed that while the police are inactive in cases related to police protection, they are very much interested in settling civil cases. This is the reason why a large number of police protection petitions are being filed in the High Court, it said.

“Is this the way the police should function in the state,” the court asked.

“It seems that petitions for police protection are not being not considered properly. The court is concerned over the number of police protection pleas filed before it. These petitions are increasing day by day,” the Bench said.

The court told the Government Pleader to inform the matter to the State Police Chief and to issue a circular in this regard to all police stations. It also cautioned the state not to force the court to pronounce a verdict relating to solving of police protection complaints.

On Tuesday, the court had considered four such petitions, while on Wednesday, it increased to 12.

The Bench comprising Justice S Siri Jagan and Justice K Ramakrishnan criticised the police while considering a petition by Maria Boobacker of Thottumugham in Aluva seeking police protection for her life and property, pointing out that she is living under constant threat from her neighbours.

The court also pointed out that Kerala is the only state where the High Court has a Division Bench which has a special jurisdiction to consider police protection petitions. The petitioner is a widow living with her children at Thottumugham.

She submitted that her neighbour Shajahan used to make lewd remarks at her and even threatened her over the phone. One day, he had trespassed into her house and attempted to manhandle her and children, the petition stated.

However, the Aluva police submitted that the petitioner was raising such issues unnecessarily.  The police said that she was not willing to stop the flowing of waste water from her house and that was a bone of contention between them.

They also pointed out that there were cases against her son for several offences, including assault or use of criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty.

Senior Government Pleader Muhammed Shah submitted that the police would provide appropriate protection to the petitioner.

The court recorded the submission and held that the police are free to probe the case registered against the petitioner’s son.

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