Room No.337, District Administration Complex, Barnala

 

Cell Name

Incharge

MHC

Women Cell

98153-22454

95920-20392

 

 

Women related Issues

Question:

Are there any special provisions with regard to arrest, search, bail, and Imprisonment etc for women under the law?

Answer:

Yes. The Cr.PC and the Supreme Court in its various rulings has provided for   special provisions with regards to women which are listed below :

 

 

  • Upholding the belief in the inalienable Human Rights of the individual and the Rule of Law
  • If a woman finds traumatic to report to a Police Station, she can directly report to a magistrate .Sec 156 (3) Cr.PC )
  • Females can be searched by only another female with strict regard to privacy and decency. ( Sec 51 Cr.PC ).
  • Female suspects must be kept in a separate lock-up in the police station. They should not be kept where male suspects are detained. (S.C. judgment Sheela Barse v. State of Maharashtra).
  • When a female is arrested for a non-bailable offence, even if the offence is very serious. (punishable even by death penalty), the court can release her on bail. (Sec.437, Cr. P.C )

 

 

In the Prison:

 

  • All female prisoners have to be imprisoned in a separate building or in separate part of the same building which is completely separate from the male prisoners
  • Under trials have to be segregated from convicts undergoing sentence.
  • Adolescent female prisoners should be kept away from older women, whether habitual or not
  • Respectable prisoners have to be secluded from prostitutes.
  • A female prisoner cannot be handcuffed of put in fetters
  • No male unaccompanied by the Matron can enter the female enclosure.
  • Child birth in jail to be avoided or where unavoidable, midwife to be requisitioned.

Question:

My husband and my in laws keep torturing me for more dowry in spite of the fact that my father gave more than his capacity during marriage. Can police help me ?

Answer:  

Police can definitely help you. Under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, giving, taking, giving, abetting of taking or giving, and even mere demanding dowry is a  cognizable and non bailable offence with a punishment that various from 2 years  to 5 years imprisonment and fine. A written complaint to the police will suffice.