Chembur Women Hawkers arrested at night. #AwarenessToLegalRights
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According to a Supreme Court ruling, a woman cannot be arrested after sunset and before sunrise. There are many cases of women being harassed by the police at wee hours, but all this can be avoided if you exercise the right of being present in the police station only during daytime. "Even if there is a woman constable accompanying the officers, the police can't arrest a woman at night. In case the woman has committed a serious crime, the police requires to get it in writing from the magistrate explaining why the arrest is necessary during the night,"
I witnessed a scene where the Chembur Police were forcibly arresting Women Hawkers at night with constables pulling them even if they were not resisting their arrest. Being on the scene there were 2-3 Police vehicles with lots more of Policemen further trying to get other Male Hawkers in their van. In this video, youhttps://youtu.be/M3eHMY4tpuw can see the woman pleading to the woman constables as not to pull her as she has not stolen anything or a crime.
Women should be aware of their rights as just having laws doesn't suffice. In order to exercise them, we first need to know them and spread the awareness to others who might get oppressed just due to them being uninformed about our constitutional laws.
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