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​NHRC finds 16 women raped, assaulted by police personnel

Graphic: NHRC Head Office, Delhi

The Commission has sent a notice to the Chhattisgarh government over the alleged rape and assault of the women whose rights were "grossly violated".

The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the Chhattisgarh government over the alleged rape, sexual and physical assault of 16 women by the state's police personnel.

Observing that the government is "vicariously liable" for the alleged crimes, the Commission asked the government to show cause why it should not recommend interim monetary relief to the tune of Rs 37 lakh for the women.

The Commission also observed that it is of the view that prima facie, human rights of the victims have been "grossly violated".

After examining the material available, the Commission found that found that there are in "total 34 victims mentioned in police complaints."

However, the Commission noted that statements of only 15 victims have been recorded by a magistrate, and directed the Chhattisgarh Additional Director General of Police (CID) to get the statements of the other 19 victims recorded before a magistrate.

The Commission team itself examined several people in the matter, including the security personnel and some of the victims.

The Commission said in its statement that the current directions are of an "interim nature and a final view will be taken in respect of other victims and also with regard to other issues involved in this matter in due course of time".

Date: 8 January 2016

Source: National Human Rights Commission


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