When the police make an arrest they are within the law to conduct a body search of the person that they are arresting. Any item found on the person of the arrested individual can be retained by the police as evidence, though the officer must make a record of items taken and give the arrested person a receipt for the same.

If a female is arrested, then she can only be searched by a female police officer and with strict decency.


When conducting a search of someone's person, under no circumstance can the police make the suspect remove or give up the clothes that he or she is wearing.

This is mandated by Section 51 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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