3 Bhatta women stick to rape charges
A day after the Gautam Budh Nagar administration said that “no rape might have taken place” in Bhatta-Parsaul during the May 7 clashes between farmers and security personnel, three women on Wednesday told a district police team that they were sexually assaulted by policemen. Darpan Singh reports.india Updated: Aug 25, 2011 00:33 IST
A day after the Gautam Budh Nagar administration said that “no rape might have taken place” in Bhatta-Parsaul during the May 7 clashes between farmers and security personnel, three women on Wednesday told a district police team that they were sexually assaulted by policemen.
“Three women have stuck to their allegations of rape. We will talk to other women and neighbours too. We will get these women medically examined,” a top official in Noida said.
The husbands of two women, who have accused policemen of raping them, are still in jail for their involvement in violence during farmers’ agitation.
The local police team visited Bhatta-Parsaul on Wednesday after the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) said it has received complaints of rape from seven women and on August 16 asked the police to lodge FIRs in those cases.
“One of the women, whose statements were videographed, has accused policemen of abusing and molesting her but didn’t give any specifics regarding the alleged rape,” said Kalpana Gautam, head of the women police station here.
Senior superintendent of police Jyoti Narayan has asked a police team to “crosscheck the allegations”.
The NCSC sought registration of cases on the basis of affidavits submitted by seven women.
NCSC sends notice
The NCSC has reportedly asked the police why cases were not being lodged against the accused policemen. The commission has also asked the police why villagers were being threatened for speaking up.
Villagers in Bhatta-Parsaul on Wednesday said the police were threatening the seven women for approaching the scheduled castes commission.
Senior police officials said there were no reports of police high-handedness. “If there’s any truth in the allegations, the guilty policemen would be taken to task,” they said.
Gautam said, “Most of the accused are relatives. I won’t comment much. You ask my seniors.”