The Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad district unit has registered its protest over the alleged mental harassment of two minor girls, daughters of a Maoist leader, at the Mavelikara police station.

The girls, aged 17 and 10, were taken into custody along with five men suspected to have links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) for allegedly holding a secret meeting in Mavelikara.

In a statement here, the parishath’s district unit president, N. Sanu, and secretary, R. Ranjith, said it was shameful that police stations which should protect citizens had turned into harassment centres employing primitive methods.

They said the demand to increase the number of women personnel in police stations was to ensure protection of the rights of women. But the use of women police officers to behave indecently with women in police stations could not be accepted.

They said the manner in which the two girls were questioned was proof of the human rights violation of the State police. “It was brutal to harass children for the mistakes alleged on their parents,” they said.