High Court tells Kerala police they have no right to call victim as immoral
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The News Minute | October 13, 2014 | 8.30 am IST The High court of Kerala has criticized the state police for backing an accused in a sexual harassment case. The court has asked for a direct enquiry by Director General of Police (DGP) and has asked for Director General of Prosecution should be present during next hearing. The case relates to a complaint made by a woman residing in Koyippram, Pathanamthitta district. The woman filed a complaint in a local police station, where eventually the police wrote an FIR in favor of the accused, which in turn annoyed the court. The victim had approached the court for an unbiased enquiry, but police accused her as being immoral. Strongly opposing policeâ€™s move, the high court has asked not to arrive at vague conclusions without proof. The court asked police department to handover the case to any Deputy Superintendent of Police (DYSP) ranked officers and has said DGP can decide whether the case should be handed over to crime branch. Many activists believe that the courtâ€™s move has beholden other women to file complaint and also serve as a warning for police force.