Police told to produce lesbian cop in SC

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court today directed to the police authorities to produce a detained traffic policewoman before it to examine whether her detention is lawful or not.

A single bench of Justice Bala Ram KC told the Metropolitan Police Range Hanumandhoka, the Metropolitan Police Sector Sorakhutte and the Kathmandu District Court to produce Ramina Husain before the apex court on Sunday. The bench directed the

authorities to come

clean on why she has been detained.

Husain was detained by the police authorities while she was returning home after completing her traffic duty at Tripureshwor chowk on March 8 from Dhalku on the charge of sexually assaulting Pujan Basnet, 17. The police authorities charged her of abducting and detaining Basnet in her rented room and sexually abusing her.

Kathmandu District Court had remanded her

to judicial custody. Challenging the arrest and

detention of Husain, 27, chairperson of Blue Diamond Society, Pinky Gurung alias Sanjeev, filed a habeas corpus petition seeking apex court intervention to release Husain.

The petitioner claimed that Husain was a lesbian and Basnet had been living with her willingly. The petitioner also claimed that the same sex marriage committee would soon perform their marriage.

The petitioner also demanded the facilities given by the apex court verdict

on December 21, 2007, to the lesbian partners for

Husain. The apex court had then directed the government authorities to treat the gay and lesbian equally as male and female.

She also accused the

authorities of forcefully separating Basnet from

Husain going against the lesbian partners’ freedom to enjoy the right of the minority sex.