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Bijapur rapes under NHRC lens, govt to file report in 4 weeks

india Updated: Dec 23, 2015 01:26 IST
Chitrangada Choudhury
Chitrangada Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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Peddagellur residents PL and her daughter-in-law were assaulted and gangraped. PL was assaulted with rifles on her right shoulder, and sustains this injury.(Chitrangada Choudhury/HT Photo)

The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the Union home ministry and the Chhattisgarh police on Monday after taking suo motu cognisance of articles published by the Hindustan Times on December 16th and December 17th on alleged gang rapes, assaults and looting by paramilitary and police.

The alleged violence by security forces took place from October 19-24 when they were conducting an anti-Maoist military operation in South Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, witness to a decade-long conflict between security forces and Maoist rebels.

In its notices, the apex human rights watchdog has asked the Union home secretary and the Chhattisgarh director-general of police to submit “detailed reports within four weeks” on the alleged human rights violations.

Reporting from three of the five affected villages, HT carried the accounts of several assaulted women, including of two gangrape survivors. The newspaper reported how investigators had made no arrests close to 50 days after a FIR was registered by the Bijapur police against ‘suraksha bal’ on November 1.

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HT also reported how, despite a police investigation and a magisterial probe being ordered, investigators were yet to visit the site of the alleged crimes, ascertain the scale of the violence, or collect potentially crucial evidence, like the clothes of the rape survivors.

The clothes worn by a teen survivor from Peddagellur village when security forces allegedly gangraped her. Police investigators are yet to collect this evidence, over 50 days after an FIR was lodged. (Chitrangada Choudhury/HT Photo)

The NHRC on Monday observed, “The reports, if true, indicate gross violation of human rights of the victims.” The NHRC also noted how no arrests had been made in the case so far.

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