Kottayam: In a shocking incident, a pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage allegedly due to the mental agony and trauma she suffered after being made to stand for long hours at a police station in Kottayam district.
The incident came to light after the victim, Muhsina, a native of Vaikom, revealed the horrific details of her ordeal during a sitting of the legislative committee for the welfare of women, children and the differently abled, here on Monday.
Terming the incident serious and inhuman, the panel headed by P. Aisha Potty MLA has ordered a probe into the complaint by a special team comprising senior female officers.
According to the victim, who broke down before the panel members while recalling the nightmarish experience she encountered at the Circle Inspector’s Office in Vaikom, she was summoned by the police on a complaint filed against her family.
However, Kottayam district police chief P. M. Muhammed Rafeeq denied the allegation and informed the committee that a report by an internal inquiry panel comprising three DySPs in the district had revealed that the pregnant woman was not asked to appear before the police.
Another report submitted by the Special Branch DySP stated that though no summons was issued to Muhsina, she had come to the police station on the day mentioned in her complaint.
However, she was not forced to stand for long hours in the station as alleged by her, the report added.
The Circle Inspector (CI), against whom the accusation was leveled, informed the committee that he had never met the complainant before, and he was ready to face probe and undergo tests including narco-analysis.
Meanwhile, the victim alleged that the CI was trying to implicate her and other family members in false cases to exact revenge for pursing the case and was forcing her to withdraw the complaint submitted to the legislative committee.
She also alleged that the person who lodged a police complaint against her family was a relative of the aforementioned official.
Taking all these allegations into account, the assembly committee decided to constitute a special team to conduct a detailed probe into the issue.
The district police chief has issued an order entrusting a female IPS officer with the investigation.
MLAs Prof. N. Jayaraj, C. K. Asha, Prathibha Hari, district collector B. S. Thirumeni, ADM K. Rajan, and deputy secretary P. Reji also attended the sitting.