Police insensitivity

24/3/10; http://arabnews.com/opinion/letters/article33881.ece

A 14-year-old Muslim girl was arrested at her home by Ghatkopar police, Mumbai, in December last year, in connection with a supposed violation of the Child Marriage Prohibition Act as her relatives complained to the police that she was underage and should not be married off. Instead of taking suitable action against her parents, the police arrested the young girl. The police should know that a jail sentence will remain a scar in her life for not fault of her under the pretext of protecting her interest. Is this what a welfare state should do after 60 years of being liberated from the British standard of colonial justice? Women’s organizations too forget the plight of individuals who remain in focus due to wranglings between authorities and legalities and keep barking up the wrong trees.