Rights panel seeks detailed report in 4 weeks; order comes after pregnant woman, 2 sisters were allegedly stripped naked, beaten up inside police outpost in Darrang
Guwahati: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the state chief secretary and director general of police of Assam to submit a detailed report of the alleged torture on three women inside a police station in Darrang district on September 8.
Taking suo moto cognizance of several media reports circulating across the region bringing in light to the shocking incident, which stated that a pregnant woman along with her two sisters were allegedly stripped naked and brutally beaten up with batons by the officer in charge of Burha police outpost in Darrang, the human rights body also asked the top officials to initiate an strict investigation.
The NHRC also observed that the contents of the media reports circulating in connection with the incident, if found true, raises a serious issue of the violation of human rights.
In an order, the NHRC has asked the state’s chief secretary Alok Kumar and DGP Kuladhar Saikia to furnish a detailed report of the incident along with the medical treatment record and present health status of the victims within four weeks’ time.
The human rights panel in its statement also sought clarification whether prior permission from the judicial magistrate was taken by the police officials before arresting the women on the night of September 8.
Highlighting the media reports, the NHRC stated that there was a violation of Section 46(4) of the CrPC by picking up women after sunset. Moreover, it also mentioned that the brother of the victims was reportedly wanted in connection to criminal case registered, but taking custody of the sisters of the accused by the cops was a serious violation of law and an illegal step.
Meanwhile, the National Commission of Women also took suo moto cognizane of the issue on Wednesday and condemned the brutal police torture incident. It urged the state police to take up the matter urgently and further give out stern punishment to whoever is found guilty.
Issuing a statement, the NCW highlighted one of the national media reports published on Wednesday and expressed anguish over such misconduct on part of the police officials for ill treating women who were not involved in any crime but suspected to know the whereabouts of an alleged criminal.
The NCW in its statement also expressed that the role of police officials is to help uphold law and order impartially and protect people, especially women.
“It is indeed unbelievable on the part of these law keepers to brutally torture women even after they were not alleged criminals,” the statement added.
Earlier on September 17, the Assam government had suspended the officer in-charge of Burha police outpost, Mahendra Sarma, along with woman constable, Binita Boro, for their alleged involvement in torturing the three sisters inside a police station in Darrang.
One of the sisters, who was two months pregnant, even had to allegedly terminate her pregnancy because of severe injuries received on her private parts during the alleged police interrogation.