The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) on September 19th, 2019 took suo moto cognizance after looking into the reports, where a pregnant woman and her two sisters were allegedly stripped and tortured inside a police station in Assam’s Darrang district.
In a statement the Commission has stated that due to severe injuries of the pregnant lady allegedly sustained at the police station, her pregnancy was terminated. It also mentioned that based on the incident separate notices have been issued to the Chief Secretary and the state Director General of Police urging for a detailed report on the matter within four weeks including medical records of the victim and her present status.
The NHRC also sought report if prior permission was taken by the police from the Judicial Magistrate to arrest the women on the night of September 8th, 2019 and added that they would like to know whether steps have been taken by the state authorities to provide relief and counselling to the victims.
The Commission said the police authorities in question have violated Section 46 (4) of the CrPC by arresting the women after sunset.
It may be mentioned that the Darrang Police had picked up three sisters from Sixmile area in Guwahati on September 8th, 2019 in connection with a kidnapping case and took them to Burha Police Outpost. The women alleged that they were stripped and beaten on their private parts at the Outpost.
After the incident came to light, the in-charge of the Burha Police Outpost Mahendra Sarma and a lady constable Binita Boro were placed under suspension on September 18th, 2019. The National Commission for Women (NCW) also took cognizance of the barbaric incident.
“The Commission has condemned the treatment meted out to the women at the outset and has taken suo-moto cognizance of this issue. The Commission is anguished with such alleged misconduct on part of the police officials, who have ill-treated women not involved in any crime but suspected to know the whereabouts of an alleged criminal.” a statement issued by the NCW read.
The Commission directed the state DGP Assam to take up the matter urgently and ensure that the miscreants are given stern punishment.
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