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Godhra CJM orders inquiry into police atrocity against women

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 22:34

Ahmedabad: The Chief Judicial Magistrate
of Godhra court has ordered an inquiry into the allegations by
some minority community women that they were physically and
sexually assaulted by policemen while in custody.

CJM N V Tadvi while ordering an inquiry under section
202 of the Criminal Procedure Court (CrPC) last week observed
that the medical report and observation by a woman magistrate
of the court shows that the eight women have been physically
assaulted in police custody.

The court in the Panchmahal district further observed
that when the women were assaulted in custody, there was no
woman constable or a lady officer present, and hence an
inquiry under the CrPC section 202 was required.

The eight women, Farida Chimaji (28), Salma Chimaji
(19), Sara Chimaji (35), Hafsabibi Chitaman (27), Rukhsana
Badam (30), Nasimbano Chimaji (22), Shabirabibi Hayat (40) and
Rahimabibi Badam (36) were booked for rioting, illegal
assembly, causing hurt to public servant, resisting arrest and
obstructing arrest of another person.

The women today alleged here that they were being
targeted by the police as they belonged to the minority
community.

Social activist Teesta Setalvad of an NGO, Citizen for
Justice and Peace, said that this type of police atrocities on
minority community was common in Godhra.

Setalvad`s NGO brought the women to Ahmedabad to narrate
their version.

Rukhsana Badam, one of the women who suffered at the
hands of the police said that on December 19 the police had
come to Hathila plot, where they lived, after one Saud Badam
accused in a cow slaughter case escaped from their custody.

"They came into our house at 0100 hrs in the night and
started beating us. They also molested me and other women in
the neighbourhood," Rukhsana said.

Shabirabibi`s daughter, Amina, who had delivered a baby
couple of weeks prior to the incident, said that the police
did not even spare her 19-day-old baby who was also hurt in
the leg.

"They thrashed my mother and when I tried to stop them
they hit me also. They even molested me and my mother and
threatened that they would rape us," Amina said.

Another victim of the alleged police atrocity, Hafsabibi
said that the police destroyed their house and looted over 50
gm of gold and cash.

The women have alleged that Godhra town `B` division
police inspector A V Parmar, constables Suresh, Prabhatsinh
and Parvatsinh were the key persons behind the atrocities.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 22:34

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