Aboriginal woman sues government for allegedly forcibly strip searching her

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A 37-year-old Indigenous woman has sued the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government for violating her human rights while on remand in a Canberra prison.

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The unnamed Ngunnaval woman, who is also a sexual assault survivor, has claimed in court papers that she was subjected to multiple violations and brutal treatment by police officers at the Alexander McConochie Correctional Center in January this year.

The woman claimed that she was forcibly searched by the guards and alleged that the incident was visible to the male prisoners in the jail as well.

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According to his statement, he had implanted a pacemaker and had a collapsed lung and also claimed to have borderline personality disorder.

The woman also said that she was not allowed to attend her grandmother’s funeral, which upset her. She claimed she was taken to the facility’s crisis support unit “because they fear for my safety and mental health”.

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It was here that he claimed that a team of police officers was in possession of the knife and decided to search it by forcibly removing his clothes.

He said that the CCTV camera footage of the incident was seen live in the operation room of the jail.

According to a report in ABC News, his court documents, which also included audio recordings, point to the events leading up to the strip search. One of the officers claimed that he saw her “hand in her crotch area”.

The woman also said that one of the officers had a knife which would be used to tear her clothes. In the audio recording, one of the officers can be heard saying, “Who has the knife?”

When the woman complied with the search request, officers did not use a knife, ABC reports.

Julie Tongs, chief executive of the Vinunga Nimmitija Tribal Health Center, which runs a daily clinic at the facility, told Guardian Newspaper officials should be held accountable.

“There were a lot of failures and violations of the Human Rights Act and the Reform Act. And yet, nothing changes. Nothing happens. One of the recommendations was for another body scanning machine. Why didn’t they already have a body scanning machine? They should be installed,” Ms Tongs said.

“We are providing all possible help to Winunga and his family, but people just don’t take seriously what’s happening in the prison act, and that’s why we need a royal commission,” he said. he said.

The ACT Correctional Services Inspectorate issued a report soon after the incident was reported, saying the search was lawful, but that the authorities did not “properly consider” the woman’s human rights.

The inspector for correctional services, Neil McAllister, said when releasing the report that “the decision to proceed with the use of force put her at greater risk of ill health” and was inconsistent with the Human Rights Act.

He also called the incident “outrageous and painful” and recommended getting two body scanners to avoid strip-searches in the future.

woman had previously entered a letter Guardian, wrote a sad account soon after the incident came to light.

“Here I ask you to remember that I am a rape victim, so you can only feel the horror, the scream, the humiliating feeling, the absolute fear and shame… as well as the sadness and despair, imagining the despair. Can. For not attending my grandmother’s funeral,” she wrote.

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