The gangrape of a class X student and the subsequent revelation of the victims’ name and address by the Noida police have evoked sharp reactions from residents, activists and the government alike.
Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Dr Shantha Sinha and Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath have separately sought replies from the state government.
“You cast aspersions on such a vulnerable girl. You are a public servant and insensitive,” Sinha said.
Tirath said the way police behaved was dangerous. “They should have the knowledge about such issues before they speak," she said.
"A Supreme Court order bars you from disclosing the identity of such victims," a UP State women's commission spokesperson said. It has also sought a reply from the police.
Girls, especially staying in paying guest accommodations in Noida, are in a state of shock. “The incident happened in the area where I stay. Though a police station is round the corner, you cannot expect much from them,” said Ankita Banerjee, a student at Footwear Design & Development Institute.
Rupal Dikshit, another student, said her parents had asked her not to leave at night. “I was at my friend’s house when the incident occurred. Since then, they have been calling me frantically and asking about my well- being,” she said.
Usha Thakur, a social activist, said, “No authority in Noida is bothered about the safety of people, especially girls and women.”
Additional director general (ADG) of police Subesh Kumar said it would have to be seen why these remarks were made. “I don’t reveal details in such cases,” he said.