Terming as unfortunate to the inability of the Odisha Police
to arrest the criminal elements who were seen thrashing and assaulting the lade
constable in the video broadcasted in several TV Channels, Khanna expressed her
concern over no arrest of assaulters even after release of sketches by Odisha
police and questioned, “how and why these assaulters have not been arrested? As
the faces are seen in the video, people of their place and nearby must have
identified them. It’s not that they just disappeared after the incident.” She
also said that NCW would recommend a judicial probe on basis of the report
submitted by the team within 10 days.
Citing that “protests have become more
common these days where such incidents are not so uncommon as well”,
Khanna said the Police must act according to the changing dynamics of
the crowd. Emphasising on ensuring communication channels while dealing
with such crowd, Khanna said, “a communication channel could have
enabled the victim policewoman to pass an SOS message when she felt the
Confirming that the policewoman was
molested by the mob as alleged in the FIR, Khanna questioned, "It must
be taken as a case of sexual assault in work place as the lady was on
duty. And, the victim must have been provided with all support assigned
under the provisions in such a case.” She expressed her dissatisfaction
over whatever support was provided by the government saying that they
were all insufficient.
While the NCW team visited the victim
today, it would also meet the Director General of Police, Chief
Secretary, Home Secretary and the secretary of women and child
development department to examine the case in more detail.
The team has also plans to visit the
family of deceased dalit girl Babina Behera who died in July this year
after remaining in coma over a period of six months. Even though the
commission had intervened in the case soon after it came in media, it is
yet to receive official information from the Odisha government regarding
the death of Babina Behera, said NCW Member Chiruwalli Khanna.