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Odisha: NCW Team concerned over no arrest in Policewoman assault case

 

Monday June 09, 2014

ODISHA, POLICEWOMAN ASSAULT CASE, NCW, CONGRESS  
 

"Citing that protests have become more common these days where such incidents are not so uncommon as well, NCW Member Chiruwalli Khanna said in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, that the Police must act according to the changing dynamics of the crowd.”

 

HNF Correspondent

 
 

Member of National Commission for Women (NCW), Chiruwalli Khanna today said in Bhubaneswar that the shocking incident of assault on the woman police constable in the rally of September 6, 2012, organised by Congress Party for Gherao of the Odisha assembly, happened because of certain criminal elements present in the crowd.

The team deputed by NCW is probing into the incident of assault on a Lady constable by some members who were also part of the crowd joined the rally organised by Congress party. However, Khanna disapproved the involvement of Congress party and its senior leaders for allegedly provoking violence saying, “had it been the case all the members in the crowd would have indulged themselves in the nuisance. But it didn’t happen so and, rather, some good people in the crowd came forward to save the victim lady constable.”

 

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 danger.”

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.

 
 

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