Meaning of detenu in English:


(also detenue)

Pronunciation /dɪˈtenjuː/


  • A person held in custody; a detainee.

    ‘The team met a number of Kashmiri, Pakistani and Afghan detenues in Tihar jail where they are kept in ‘high security wards’.’
    • ‘What comes as an eye opener for those talking about peace is the recent set of reports by the Bar Association of Kashmir High Court who have questioned the treatment meted out to the detenues in various jails in and outside the state.’
    • ‘The bar president, during a press conference here, said some 400 detenues are presently lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail which include some 30 men from Pakistan and Afghanistan.’
    • ‘There are 13 other detenus here, but we have no meetings or telephone contacts with our families.’
    • ‘Normally one can test for discrimination by checking to see if the proportion of detenus belonging to this or that section of the population is roughly equal to the proportion of these people in the total population.’
    • ‘Coming to the release of detenus, there are two categories: those who have committed murder or any other heinous crime will have to face trial.’
    • ‘Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Monday asked Union Home Secretary Dhirendra Singh to get in touch with the Jammu and Kashmir state government and restart the process of screening of detenues.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, in utter violation of Supreme Court guidelines in case of arrest, no arrest memo was prepared by the police party nor were any signatures of the parents of the detenu obtained by the policemen.’
    • ‘The protestors were raising slogans against the police and were demanding early release of detenues.’


Early 19th century (in British use): from French détenu.