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Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010, 00:12
Panchmahal: A three-member team headed by a member of NCW came here to probe into an incident where eight women of minority community were assaulted allegedly by policemen, district officials said.

A team headed by National Commission for Women member Wansuk Syiem and comprising of advocate Preeti Hingorani and social activist Trupti Shah from Vadodara, today met the victims of the incident that took place on December 19, 2009, they said.

"The NCW member had come to inquire into the incident that took place in December last year where some women had alleged that police had physically assaulted them," District Collector Milind Toravane said.

"They met the victims and recorded their statements. The team also visited the site of incident," he said, adding that Syiem and other members of the team also had a meeting with the district police officials inquiring into the case.

District superintendent of police J R Mothalia said that during the meeting with NCW team he briefed them about the status of investigation so far.

"We had a meeting with the team and told them about the investigation done in the matter," Mothalia said.

Chief Judicial Magisterial N V Tadvi of Godhra court had ordered inquiry into the incident under Section 202 of the Criminal Procedure Court (CrPC) last month.

While ordering the inquiry, the court had observed that the medical report and observation by a woman magistrate of the court show that the eight women have been physically assaulted in police custody.

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

The eight women had alleged that the policemen had come to the Hathila plot, where they lived, after one Saud Badam accused in cow slaughter case escaped from their custody.

They had further alleged that the policemen assaulted the men and molested them in front of their families.

After assaulting them police booked the eight women for rioting, illegal assembly, causing hurt to public servant, resisting arrest and obstructing arrest of another person.

Today, social activist Teesta Setalvad of NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace, was also present when NCW team was probing the matter.


First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010, 00:12

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