The Bombay High Court during its proceeding in Manjula Shettye case on Monday asked Maharashtra government regarding the delay in taking the victim to the hospital from Byculla jail. The court also asked the government that why was it that a jail inmate had to register an FIR against the officials of the jail.
Lawyer of the petitioner also mentioned in the court that there was a delay of 36 hours in registering an FIR when the victim Manjula Shettye was assaulted in the jail. The petitioner’s lawyer also mentioned in the court that even after clearly mentioning in the complaint that jail officials had inserted a stick in the victim’s vagina while they tortured her Section 377 of Indian Penal Code which pertains to sexual offence was not applied on all the accused and there was no mention of it in the FIR.
Manjula Shetye was serving the last few months of her 14-year jail term for murdering her sister-in-law in 1996. She had complained about some missing ration from the food stock on Friday.
She was allegedly summoned by a woman jailor and beaten up brutally by six women jail staffers, according to witness statements recorded by police. Shetye was rushed to the Sir J.J. Hospital nearby but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Shortly after the incident and the outcry, Additional Director-General of Prisons BK Upadhyay ordered a probe and suspended six jail staffers against whom there were allegations of misbehavior.