OSAKA, Feb 11 (News On Japan) - A woman who was detained at an Osaka detention center and left without a bra for 11 days was also subject to male interrogation during this time, with no explanation why she was unable to wear underwear.
According to the Osaka Prefectural Police, a woman in her sixties was detained at the Toyonaka station last month. Upon her arrival, she was wearing a type of underwear with straps over the shoulders, which a female officer instructed her to remove. Consequently, she was left without the option to wear any form of bra for eleven days.
The policy of the Osaka police stipulates that string-like underwear is not permitted due to the potential risk of suicide, while wearing T-shirt style bra tops is allowed. However, this policy was not communicated to the woman, who later underwent interrogation by a male prosecutor without her underwear.
The lack of communication and consideration for the woman's dignity has sparked criticism. Azusa Matsumoto, the lawyer representing the woman, commented on the issue, stating, "This is truly a matter concerning the dignity of women. Wearing a bra is a norm when appearing in public, so it must have been incredibly embarrassing for her."
In response to the criticism, the Osaka Prefectural Police acknowledged the oversight, admitting that "it was unkind not to have explained" the policy to the woman. This incident has prompted a reevaluation of how detainees are treated, particularly regarding their privacy and dignity. The Osaka police are now considering measures to improve their procedures and ensure that detainees are treated with the respect they deserve, reflecting a necessary shift towards more humane detention practices.