Karnataka HC requests for information on measures taken against uniformed armed policemen while interrogating young children

The Karnataka High Court on Monday ordered the state government to ensure that a senior police officer files an affidavit detailing the action taken against police officers who were dressed in uniform and carrying firearms while interrogating minor students at the Shaheen Education Society in Bidar last year.

The decision was reached after looking over the petitioner’s images in this regard.

“Prima Facie, it appears to us from scanning annexure M that these schoolchildren (2 boys and 1 girl) are seen being interviewed by 5 police officers, four of whom are in full uniform and two of whom are armed,” the Court noted.

The judgment was issued by a bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice NS Sanjay Gowda in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) case concern underage schoolchildren being questioned about a play they presented in connection with the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The Court further stated that interviewing students in uniform by police is a major infringement of children’s rights under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and related Rules. The court also ordered the state government to consider supplying police personnel with instructions to guarantee that such violations of children’s rights do not occur anymore.

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