Kerala Police on Monday have come under criticism over the arrest of a Dalit research scholar woman in Kottayam after she staged a protest at the Superintendent of Police office alleging that police have played a conspicuous role in sabotaging a case she had filed against her department head who shamed and assaulted under relevant sections of SC/ST (Atrocities Prevention) Act an year ago.
Deepa P Mohanan, Research Scholar, Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,has arrested under non-bailable offence with the charges of obstructing their duty. She is now under medical treatment at the Medical College Hospital in Kottayam after she showed signs of uneasiness.
She after being faced with mistreatment by the police in a case she had filed an year ago on Monday afternoon arrived at the SP's office with the mission to meet with the officer. She alleged that it is the wrong report the police have given to the High Court that led to drop her case citing with lack of evidences. She has come to the SP's office to file a fresh petition in the case.
After she was denied permission to see him, Deepa staged a protest by holding a placard demanding justice for her in front of the office. Within minutes, a couple of women police officers arrived the scene and demanded her to get out of the office complex. She resisted the move and in the meanwhile went live through her Facebook.
In the video it was clearly seen that the officers are shoving and forcing her to get out off the office. In the scuffle, Deepa developed uneasiness and sought medical help at the medical college hospital.
When SouthLive contacted her she, her friend, who is accompanying her at the hospital, told that she was totally unwell to even talk. She also said that the police have taken her to custody on false charges.
Meanwhile, the Kottayam police said to SouthLive that she was taken to custody after she obstructed the officers in executing their duties and also attacking them.
She came to the office of the SP with the motive creating ruckus. She even tried to shoot the visuals of police station even after many warnings and attacked the officers.Kottayam Police
Last year, Dalit student Deepa M Mohan, who is a research scholar at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, had complained against her head of the department Nandakumar Kalarikkal that she had been denied access to department facitlities and lab as part of caste discrimination she was subjected to undergo while at the department. In one occasion, she was even locked inside the lab.
Despite being a registered research scholar, she was not allowed to use study materials. Often, she had to depend upon study stuff borrowed from others.
Subsequently, she moved a complaint with the University vice chancellor who asked a syndicate subcommittee to probe into the complaint.
Meanwhile, social media is fuming with protest against the arrest of her by the police and the gesture of the police officer not to see her to hear her permission
BRP Bhaskar, noted journalist, in his FB post said that Kerala Police appear to be going from bad to worse.
I gather from an FB post of Ajay Kumar (sic) that they have arrested Deep P. Mohan, a researdh scholar and highly articulate Amedkar Students Association activist of MG University, Kottayam, slapping non-bailable offences. She had staged a lone protest alleging unjust treatment by police and sabotage of caste discrimination cases.BRP Bhaskar, noted journalist.