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Strip searching undertrial prisoners is violation of fundamental right to privacy, humiliating: Mumbai Court

The judge was approached with an application by one Ahmed Kamal Shaikh, an accused in the the 1993 Bombay blast case. He is

third phase of the trial being conducted in the 1993 Bombay blast case. 

In the application through advocate Farhana Shah, the accused raised the grievance that whenever he is taken back to jail after being produced in court, he is stripped searched at the entrance gate of the prison which is humiliating and a violation of his rights. 

Shaikh claimed that he had expressed opposed to this, but the prison officials started using unparliamentary and filthy language against him, misbehaving with him, humiliating and threatening him. 

Aggrieved, he approached the court.

The Superintendent of Mumbai Central Prison, informed the Court that no such humiliating treatment had been meted out to the accused. 

The superintendent contended that the present “false” application was made only with an intention to pressurise the jail authorities.

Source: Barandbench

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