Molestation case NCW chief to visit Assam

By: admin
Updated: 17 Jul 2012 08:58 PM

Amid national outrage over Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi's
office issuing a press release with the name and photograph of the young
girl molested outside a pub in Guwahati last week, National Commission for
Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma said the matter is very serious, and
added that she would personally talk to the Assam government in this
regard. She is going to visit Assam on Wednesday.

Sharma also hailed the sincere efforts of the Assam government in
searching for the culprits involved in the molestation case.

"I am not sending any notice. I feel that the matter is serious; thought
the state government has done whatever we wanted. Yesterday they had
transferred the SSP (Guwahati Senior Superintendent of Police, Apurba
Jiban Baruah) and they have also imposed the rule that the pubs will not
be operating after 10:30 in the night," said Sharma.

"They have taken many steps on our recommendations and I will personally
talk to the state government and I may also visit the state," she added.

Guwahati's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Apurba Jiban Baruah, who
had termed the class XI student's ordeal as a stray incident that was
hyped by the national media, has been transferred to Dibrugarh.

The Assam chief minister's office issuing a press release yesterday into
the Guwahati molestation case has also drawn flak from several women
politicians and activists.

Gogoi met with the Class XI student, who was molested on camera by a mob
in Guwahati last week.

Gogoi assured the girl that the government will provide all protection and
help for her rehabilitation. He also announced that the case will be
handed over to CID.

He also criticised the local news channel that aired the footage of the
molestation, saying its role was 'unethical'.

The chief minister's office sent out a press statement after the meeting
that revealed the victim's name and shared her photograph.

The chief minister's office then called and retracted asking journalists
not to release the photographs and ensure her identity was protected.
They, however, went ahead releasing the name.

Assam Police has arrested five more accused in the Guwahati incident,
thereby taking the number of those apprehended to 12.

The girl was molested last Monday as she was returning home from a party
at a bar located in Guwahati's Post Office area.

The incident came to light after an amateur video of the incident was
uploaded on YouTube. The video shows the mob, consisting of around 20 men,
beating the girl before stripping her.

The shameful act continued for 30 minutes till police arrived and rescued
the girl, and handed her over to her parents.