NHRC notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner over reported incident of a man arrested and taken naked to police station in full public view (22.05.2018)
New Delhi, 22nd May, 2018
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that Delhi police arrested a man from his house in West Delhi and took him to police station naked in full public view, hurling insults and abuses. Reportedly, the accused requested the police to allow him wear clothes but was instead told that he would be paraded in this way only.
The Commission has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, amount to inhuman and unprofessional approach of the Delhi Police personnel. Humiliating a person, by parading him naked in full public view and in front of his family members is absolutely unethical and violation of his human rights. The right to dignity of the victim has been grossly violated. Accordingly, it has issued a notice to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, calling for detailed report in the matter within 4 weeks.
According to the media reports, carried today on the 22nd May, 2018, a 12 member police team, including some women police personnel, reached a resettlement colony in Inderpuri to arrest the accused who was bathing at that time. To avoid arrest, he tried to come down from the upper story of his house only with a towel tied to his waist. In an attempt to escape, he jumped from the building during which, his towel dropped and when he fell on the ground naked, when the police nabbed him.
The family members of the accused, reportedly, requested to the police that he should be allowed to wear his clothes but they did not listen and abused him. When allegedly, he requested to take him to the police station through a street instead of a busy road, the police also denied this request and took him to the police station in full public view.