NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK
In this case an anonymous letter from a victim was received by a member of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, Chennai on trafficking of women stating that the accused in the said case was indulging the victim and some other girls in prostitution against their wishes, silencing the local police by payment of “mamool” (bribe) to them and craving help from the said organization. The veracity of the said letter was checked by the petitioner who was the Secretary, of the said organisation’s Trichy unit. She came to know that the acused was in fact indulging in running the prostitution and was active in the inter-state trafficking of women, the petitioner has been instrumental in lodging the complaints against finally culminating into filing of a case under Section 4(2)(b) of the Indian Trafficking (Prevention) Act in Tiruverambur Police Station Crime No. 901/2002, dated 29.10.2002. Herein also got highlighted the criminal link of urban and rural Trichy police.
It was also observed that a very mild case against the main accused had been registered by the police so that he could escape with minor punishment. The police did not do a detailed investigation and did not try to bust the entire gang, indulged in conducting prostitution and inter-state trafficking.
Herein the Court observed that a false case was registered against the petitioner in a mala fide manner. The High Court while condemning such act from the respondent state authorities ordered Assistant Commissioner of Police, Trichy to pay damages to the count of Rs. 25,000 to be paid to the petitioner from his personal funds. The High Court also allowed the original criminal petition against the accused.