16 women allegedly raped by police in Chhattisgarh, NHRC notice to state government
The panel has directed its officials to record the statements of the survivors whose statements were left unnoticed either by the NHRC team or by the Magistrate and submit it within a month
Chattisgarh Police had allegedly raped and assaulted sexually and physically at least 16 women, said the National Human Rights Commission while serving a notice to the state government and terming it "vicariously liable" for the incidents reported in 2015 and 2016. In a news release on Saturday, the body also said it is waiting for the recorded statements of about "20 other victims".
The panel has directed its officials to record the statements of the survivors whose statements were left unnoticed either by the NHRC team or by the Magistrate and submit it within a month.
The NHRC has also sought a reply from the government why it should not order for an "interim monetary relief" of Rs. 37 lakh to the women who were raped and assaulted. "This includes, Rs. 3 lakh each to eight victims of rape, Rs. 2 lakh each to six victims of sexual assault and Rs. 50,000 each to two victims of physical assault," the panel also said.
The NHRC also said it had launched a probe after a report in The Indian Express in November 2015 which said women from five villages in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh had alleged police personnel of sexually harassing and assaulting more than 40 of them and gang-raped at least two.
It was also reported that possessions of many villagers were vandalised, stolen and scattered by the forces when they were passing through the villages.
During the investigation, the Commission also received another complaint alleging more incidents of sexual assault by the security forces against women had taken place between 11 and 14 January 2016 in two other villages.
Media made a blind eye on the issue when mass molestation of women in Bengaluru on New Year eve made hot headlines.
Read the NHRC press release here.