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Assam: NCW team finds cigarette burns on molested girl`s body

Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 23:36

Guwahati: National Commission for Women (NCW) on Saturday visited the molested girl at her residence here and found signs of cigarette burns on her body.

"There are signs of cigarette burns are all over her body besides marks of severe injury ... Animal like treatment was meted out to the hapless girl," Alka Lamba, member of a special team of NCW that flew down here to probe the incident in the heart of the city on Monday, told reporters here.

However, Lamba said the girl was safe and had been medically examined after the incident but the report was yet to be declared."We shall seek the medical report and on going back to New Delhi we shall submit our findings to the chairperson of NCW within 10 to 15 days."
"The girl is determined to ensure that justice is meted out and the seven accused, who are still at large are brought to book. They are a threat to our mothers and daughters."

The need of the hour is to provide her good counselling so that she can resume her normal life, Lamba said and demanded a special court to punish the culprits.

Criticising the state police for reaching the spot 45 minutes after the incident, she said there was also no police patrol. Bystanders and shopowners had remained mute spectators as the `shameful drama` was going on. "This is deplorable."

However, the NCW team was satisfied with police investigation so far, she said adding steps should be taken by the state government besides laws for providing protection to women.

Assam Director General of Police Jayanta Narayan Choudhury assured the team that call tracing devices will be set up so that culprits who are still at large are arrested soon.

He also assured regular patrolling of the streets would be conducted along with women police from now on, lamba said.

On a question as to how the victim who was 20 years old could be present in a bar, Lamba said "We have put up the matter with the district authorities to ensure that the license of that particular bar will be cancelled."

According to Supreme Court guidelines those less than 21 years age are barred from consuming alcohol at bars.

The NCW member urged citizens to inform the police if they come to know the whereabouts of the culprits.

Lamba thanked the media for the prompt covering of the incident. "If the video footage had not been aired we would not have seen the faces of the culprits."


First Published: Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 21:50
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