Nari Niketan case: investigation reveals negligence by the observation staff
Preliminary police investigations in the Nari Niketan incident have hinted at gross negligence by the observation home staff behind the disappearance of three women.chandigarh Updated: Jul 28, 2012 21:58 IST
Preliminary police investigations in the Nari Niketan incident have hinted at gross negligence by the observation home staff behind the disappearance of three women.
These women aged between 18 and 21 were missing for two consecutive days early this week during a daily roll call from the state-run women observation.
Interestingly, the State Commission for Women (SCW) chairperson Sushila Sharma, who visited the Niketan on Friday, had given a clean chit to the staff of the overcrowded home.
Ruling out of any possibility of initiating any punitive action against the Niketan staff, Sharma had termed such demands as "insignificant and undesirable".
Niketan is run directly by the department of women and child welfare and the SCW also functions under the same department.
SCW chairperson's observation came even when the local administration ordered magisterial inquiry to find reasons behind the "disappearances" is underway.
However, the investigating officials' told HT that the women "escaped" after loosening bolts of an iron railing grill gate at the observation center.
Later, the "escapees" may have run away from the rear side of the compound by scaling the all with the help of a ladder.
An official said that it was found that the gate was locked and no effort was made to break it. Also, the statements on how no one at the home noticed the iron-gate had been manipulated, he added.
"Prima facie it is a sheer negligence by the staff and officials of Nari Niketan. No one at the home took note of the incidents seriously and women escaped," the investigating official said on the condition of anonymity.
They also revealed that no efforts were made by the management to ensure that such incidents were not repeated.
The home is well-protected by a 10-feet boundary, wall fenced with barbed wire and broken glass on the top of the wall.
Sources said that the staff is manned by the Niketan's security staff and two other cops put on duty to assist them.
Sources clarify that these cops were posted recently in view of extra security to five alleged sexual assault victims of Rohtak's Apna Ghar shifted here and that the cops are not allowed to enter the shelter home meant for the women.