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Tribal woman who was jailed for 2 years without trial gets bail from SC

Tribal woman who was jailed for 2 years without trial gets bail from SC

New Delhi: A 21-year-old tribal woman from Meghalaya who has served two years in prison for alleged human trafficking without trial has got bail from the Supreme Court which observed that her indefinite confinement without trial is not justifiable.

A Bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant, and Hima Kohli granted bail to Drabhamon Phawa, a 21-year old woman from Meghalaya, who was accused of human trafficking.

"Having heard counsel for the parties and taking into consideration the fact that the petitioner has suffered incarceration for a period of 18 months and has also delivered child during custody, we deem it to be a fit case to grant her bail. The petitioner is, accordingly, directed to be enlarged on bail on terms and conditions to be imposed by the trial court. The special leave petitions stand disposed of accordingly," the order stated.

Drabhamon Phawa was pregnant at the time of her arrest and had been in jail since February 2020. She delivered a child in jail.

Senior advocate Salman Khurshid and advocate TK Nayak, representing the woman, told the Supreme Court that she herself was harboured into Delhi on the pretext of a dignified job and thereafter ruthlessly forced into flesh trade therefore, she is also the victim of the prostitution racket.

It was further submitted that Phawa was pregnant at the time of her arrest and had undergone the entire period of pregnancy within prison confinement. Since then, Drabhamon Phawa has delivered a child who is also in jail with her.

The Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for the Delhi government vehemently opposed Phawa's petition on the grounds of "severity and seriousness of offenses" alleged against her.

ANI Inputs

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