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NCW visits rape site, wants chargesheet in 20 days

Pratik Salunke , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 26, 2013
First Published: 00:51 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:53 IST(26/8/2013)

A National Commission for Women (NCW) team that visited on Sunday the site of the photojournalist's gang-rape has demanded the chargesheet in the case be filed in 20 days.

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"The chargesheet should be filed in 15-20 days rather than the usual 60-90 days because the police have arrested all the accused. This will ensure that the trial is fast-tracked," said advocate Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar, member of the NCW.

Prabhavalkar lauded the police for arresting all the accused in three days.

"The accused should be given maximum punishment in the case, and we will recommend appointing a special public prosecutor." The member described the rape site as "frightening" and like a "dungeon".

"The place is unguarded and scary. I saw bottles and broken glasses strewn around, revealing how the place has become a base for anti-social elements. We will give our recommendations on fencing such dilapidated and isolated structures," said Prabhavalkar.

The member was also concerned about the safety of women in Mumbai.

"I have been raised in this city. There is a question mark on women's safety. I have appealed to the police to take steps such as increasing manpower, gender sensitisation and ensuring more women in the police," said Prabhavalkar.

When asked about the kin of one of the accused claiming he was a minor, she said the police had told her this was being done in self-defence.

Prabhavalkar described the survivor as a strong woman. "She is interacting and stated that rape was not the end of life."


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