Police strip 100 men to find struggle marks of rape victim

In a controversial action, over 100 men were strip-searched by police at Mira-Bhayandar in neighbouring Thane district to locate any struggle mark on their bodies in connection with rape and murder of a girl five days ago.

Updated: Jun 18, 2010, 19:56 PM IST

Mumbai: In a controversial action, over 100
men were strip-searched by police at Mira-Bhayandar in
neighbouring Thane district to locate any struggle mark on
their bodies in connection with the rape and murder of a minor
girl five days ago.

A six-year-old girl was raped and murdered and her body
dumped in a drain at Bhayandar. The body was found on June 13.

Although the stripping of men did not yield results for
the police, the intensive search of the area launched by them
led to the recovery of the victim`s blood stained
undergarments from the house of one Prakash Kevat.

Kevat was arrested and has been remanded in police
custody till June 23, police said.

Thane Superintendent of Police Vishwas Nagre Patil said
the men were strip-searched to investigate the case. However
he denied any violation of human rights.

"We combed the entire area. We stripped over 100 men to
find out if any of them had scratch marks on their bodies.
However, there has been no human rights violation," Patil told
PTI.

However, activists and lawyers have alleged it
constituted gross violation of human rights and the law.

PTI