Warden’s husband detained for a night, granted bail
Srinagar: Ashiq Hussain, accused of peeping into the hostel bathroom of the Women’s Polytechnic College, has been bailed out a day after police arrested him on Friday.
A police official at Bemina police post told Kashmir Reader that the accused spent a night inside the lock-up following his arrest on Friday. He was, however, released on bail on the following day.
“We will present him (Hussain) before the court along with witnesses once we are done with departmental formalities,” the police official said.
He said the police launched a manhunt following an FIR lodged against him by the college.
He said the accused is pleading not guilty alleging the complainants attempted to falsely implicate him in the case.
The college authorities and the witnesses said that they were not informed by the police about Hussain’s arrest.
Hussain, husband of the hostel warden, was absconding for more than a week following an FIR lodged against him at police post Bemina. A group of students raised alarm that that they caught Hussain red-handed while peeping into the bathroom where a girl was bathing. The incident led to protests in the college, forcing the authorities to lodge a report with the police post Bemina.
Hussain has been charged under section 354 (C) (voyeurism) of CrPC, which carries a jail term of up to three years.
The college administration has also suspended its Training and Placement Officer (TPO) Yasmeen Naqshbandhi from the ‘membership cell’ that looks into the students’ grievances.
The suspension came in the wake of students’ complaint that Naqshbandi threatened to expose the “love affairs of the students who had protested against the accused”.
The administration also closed the college hostel temporarily for about a week, citing “construction and repairs” as the reasons. The hostel is likely to re-open on Monday, sources said.