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Two NCP leaders booked for sharing gang rape victim’s name, photo on social media

Alka Kamble, president of Nagpur unit of NCP women’s wing, along with a couple of senior party activists, went to meet the gang rape survivor at Umred on Saturday, took photographs with her and posted them on social media, along with her name.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2018 14:59 IST
Pradip Maitra
Pradip Maitra
Hindustan Times
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People hold placards as they participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Mumbai, India, April 15, 2018. (Reuters File )

Police in Nagpur have booked two senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders, including its Nagpur women’s wing chief, for allegedly sharing the name and photograph of a gang rape victim on social media.

Alka Kamble, president of Nagpur unit of NCP women’s wing, along with a couple of senior party activists, went to meet the gang rape survivor at Umred on Saturday, took photographs with her and posted them on social media, along with her name.

The NCP women activists had also posted her name and photos while posting about state party chief Jayant Patil’s visit to the hospital to meet her last week, and their agitation against the crime.

The issue was taken up by Maharashtra State Women Commission member Neeta Thakare, who approached the police, after which an FIR was registered against Kamble and her fellow NCP leader Urvashi Giradkar under section of 228A of the Indian Penal Code.

The twenty-five-year-old woman employee of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), working at a company weighbridge at Umred, some 50 km from here, was allegedly thrashed and gang raped by some drivers transporting coal, last week. She is now recovering at a private hospital.

The NCP’s local unit also took a strong exception at its women activists sharing the photograph of the victim and disclosing her name.

Nagpur city NCP chief Anil Ahirkar condemned the repeated posting of the survivor’s name and image in the group, saying he would take up the issue in the next party meeting. Posting of such sensitive details, along with photograph, in social media is highly objectionable and it could have been avoided by the party workers, he said.

The police are investigating the details with the help of cyber cell, said Rakesh Ola, the superintendent of police, Nagpur (rural), adding the persons concerned would be summoned for the investigation when needed after the cyber cell authenticates the sources.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 14:59 IST