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PUCL Bulletin, September 2006

Delhi police insult Asma Jehangir

[ Also see, Harassment in New Delhi, Dawn, 5 August 2006 ]

It is a blot on the face of Delhi police that will be hard to wash off. The PUCL expresses its deep sense of shame on the utterly condemnable act of Delhi police.

Ms Asma Jehangir, former chief of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), a well known NGO, is visiting Delhi, and she and her colleagues’ rooms were searched by Delhi police. Ms Jehangir’s name is as well known as a Human Rights Activist in India and Pakistan both as that of V M Tarkunde. Ms Asma Jehangir, Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, and IA Rehman were in Delhi to attend a meeting of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR).

According to press reports, her room was searched after sun down when there was no woman constable present. The Delhi police Commissioner should express apologies publicly on this lapse.

– Y P Chhibbar, Ph D, General Secretary, PUCL August 3 2006

People's Union for Civil Liberties, 81 Sahayoga Apartmrnts, Mayur Vihar I, Delhi 110091, India. Phone (91) 11 2275 0014