Human Rights Defenders Abused by Police
The policemen of the Lahan Area Police Office have been accused of abusing the human rights defenders inside the police station on January 22, 2021.
INSEC Siraha Representative Durga Pariyar, Women Human Rights Defenders Network Siraha Chairperson Renu Karna, WOREC District Program Officer Dev Kumari Mahara, WOREC Program Officer Anita Chaudhary and psychological counsellor Kabita Chaudhary were mistreated by ASI Kamal Bhattarai along with other policemen working at Area Police Office Lahan when they had gathered to discuss on a case of domestic violence.
A 20-year-old pregnant woman victim of domestic violence from Lahan Municipality-4 was kept in a safe house after her family members left her at WOREC on January 3, 2021.
DSP Shaligram Sharma of the District Police Office, Siraha had informed about a discussion in which he had called both the parties at the Area Police Office, Lahan along with the Human Rights Defenders to resolve the issue and provide shelter to the victim on January 22, 2021.
But according to Renu Karna, chairperson of the Women’s Human Rights Defenders Network, the human rights defenders took the victim to the Area Police Office, Lahan, but the other side was not present in the discussion and they had to wait for the entire day.
She added, ‘Later when we left the place to buy a bottle of water, the police had tried to pull the victim out of the station and when we tried to defend her, they verbally abused us and misbehaved with us for taking her side,’
DSP Sarat Kumar Thapa Chhetri of the Area Police Office Lahan had apologized for the mistake made by the policemen while he was away and they had now sent the victim to her home with her family members.
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