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Lakhimpur rape reminiscent of Nirbhaya case: NCW

ANI  New Delhi, November 27, 2013
First Published: 14:04 IST(27/11/2013) | Last Updated: 14:12 IST(27/11/2013)

National Women's Commission member Nirmala Samant on Wednesday called for swift legal action on the Lakhimpur rape case, and said the incident reminded her of the Nirbhaya gang-rape episode.

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"This heinous act reminds us of the Nirbhaya episode. A year has not yet passed, and now, a similar incident has happened," she said.

"Women's Commission has sent a notice to Assam Police, and they have to respond in 24 hours time. Huge protest has been taking place in Assam," she added.

"It sends a wrong message to society, and we demand the arrest of culprits as soon as possible. The chief minister should set up an inquiry in the matter," Samant said

On November 25, several local residents and representatives of women organisations blocked National Highway 52 in protest against the rape.

On November 22, the victim had boarded a shared autorickshaw, and was allegedly raped by four men, and thrown out of the vehicle near the Boginadi police station, after her eyes were gouged out.

Rushed to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital, the victim succumbed to her wounds there.

Two suspects are being interrogated in connection with the crime.


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