A row has erupted between the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and the Uttar Pradesh government over alleged rapes during the violence in the twin villages of Bhatta-Parsaul in May.
The NCSC has sought registration of FIRs against policemen for allegedly raping seven women during clashes on May 7 between farmers protesting land acquisition and the police. But the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration has refuted the charges of rape.
The NCSC, headed by PL Punia, the Congress MP from Barabanki, had forwarded the affidavits of the seven women to the district police on August 16.
In their affidavits to the NCSC, the women alleged policemen raped them after ransacking their houses. They said the district administration had not listened to them and their medical examination was not done.
Gautam Budh Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jyoti Narayan and district magistrate Hirdesh Kumar in a joint letter to the state principal secretary (home), Kunwar Fateh-bahadur, on Tuesday said several teams from the Centre had visited Bhatta-Parsaul after the clashes but none had reported incidents of rape.
The SSP said a team of the National Commission for Women had visited Bhatta-Parsaul on May 12, but nobody had complained about policemen raping women.
The SSP said Punia too had visited Bhatta on May 25, but the women had not lodged any complaint. Moreover, there was no mention of such rapes in the statement of the union minister for women and child welfare, Krishna Tirath, in the Rajya Sabha on August 12, the SSP added.
No FIRs have been registered so far, but the SSP has ordered a probe into the charges of rape. Two farmers and two policemen had died in the clashes at Bhatta-Parsaul.