Our legal system, keeping the safety of women in mind, has included a provision that every woman needs to be aware of. According to Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code, a woman has the right to not be physically present in a police station for interrogation. The law provides for a police officer who is accompanied by a female constable to take a woman’s statement at her residence, in the presence of family or friends.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court has ruled that no woman can be arrested without a female constable present, or before 6 am and after 6 pm during the day.
In an incident that has gotten the social media debating over it, a woman from a housing society in Andheri, Mumbai resorted to partially stripping in an elevator to stop cops from taking her to the police station.
The woman, who goes by the name Megha Sharma, is an aspiring model from Dehradun. According to TOI, She got into an altercation with a security guard in her building, following which she dialed 100 to complain to the police.
A team from Oshiwara police station arrived at the scene, and the stripping debacle ensued.
So yes here am I again …people doesn't know that what had actually happened…thy just saw that which this janta showed thm …if a girl getting misbehaved by a watchmen at 1am and 2,3 watchmen hitting her back and when she called a copes thr for help the cops are telling her that come to the police station at 3am that to b no lady constable was thr …requesting thm will come tomorrow til the time u can talk to my lawyer frnd …and as per the law no police guy can take a girl in the night to the police station …she got stuck in the lift area for almost 10mints in between of those bastards…all the cops and watchmen were not letting her go up …and she felt too much of scared and threatened by everyone's around her, feeling like y thy want me to take with them now when I m already saying will come tom to file a complaint against that watchmen …I thought that once I'll b out thy might rape me coz all cops were men thr …and yes a case has happened in pune that a girl had a gang rapped by these cops nly…if anyone can search on google for cops thy will get to know what thy are and who thy are …and second thing I need to ask whole janta here who is putting me an allegation without knowing the whole story that what had happened that night ,tel me one thing y those cops came thr without any lady constable when thy already knew that a girl is complaining …I was literally got scared of I m begging in front of thm, crying to go up then y thy forcefully wanna take me out at 3am in the police station which is not allowed without my permission whn I already told that i will come tom to file a complaint against that watchmen, …when those bastards were not leaving from thr thn i hav to all that if u really wanna do or something going in ur mind do it here nly thn in front of CCTV cameras but I'll not come with u guys n go to the police station now coz I don't trust those copes even who didn't had a single lady constable over thr, might be thy can take me somewhere else instead of police station…And now u nly tel me who make videos in front of a police department , when I was doing all that …copes were thr seeing tamasha of mine but thy didnt stopped them not to take out my video …and if those cops had told me that madam u can go , n come tom to file a complaint that wouldn't had happened what I did over thr..Seriously we girls are not safe in our own country ,in our own building n thn to b in mumbai which we say its a safest city and moreover the copes who are thr to protect us…U know guys putting a blame on a girl its too easy but knowing the actual fact its too difficult…Also a girl will think 100 n ten times doing all that what I did, but I'll fight for my justice til my last breath …Posting a video to all of you who thought me wrong without knowing anything and gave me a name of feminism … Thanx
Sharma Megha ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 28, 2018
The woman tweeted that the cops forced her to come to the police station. However, since there was no female constable present, she declined to go with them.
— Megha Sharma (@MeghaSh77484473) October 26, 2018
She claims to have told the cops that since it was late in the night, she would consult a lawyer friend of hers first and then come to the station the next day to file her complaint.
She claimed that when the cops continued to force her to come to the police station, and the security guard involved kept stopping the elevator and not let her go home, she resorted to shaming them by stripping.
She hoped that they would be embarrassed and finally leave her alone.
According to some reports, the woman, who lives as a paying guest in the posh housing society, had asked the security guard to fetch her some cigarettes over the intercom. However, when he refused, she came downstairs and got into a fight with him.
The guard claims that the woman assaulted him. There is CCTV footage of what went down between the woman and the guard.
Another video of Model Megha Sharma where she can be clearly seen assaulting the guard first. This woman has got the guard arrested on charges of molestation now. This is just so sick. Unbelievable. A woman is allowed to assault others then strip to play victim. Society supports her no matter what she does.Courtesy: @News24TvChannel on Twitter
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 28, 2018
With both sides of the story being thus presented, people seem to be divided over who is right and who is wrong here.
No one was taken to police station. Policeman visited the housing society after receiving a call on Dial 100 about a commotion in the lobby of the concerned housing society.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) October 27, 2018
The woman’s statement was eventually recorded. It remains to be seen what happens next. Megha Sharma has labelled what transpired with her as #MeToo. However, people on social media are calling it a misuse of the movement, particularly after watching the video or her assaulting the security guard. While others claim that the police officers where wrong in not bringing along a woman constable with them, even if all they wanted to do was investigate, as that is the law.
A rather precarious debate now ensues.