New Delhi: Government on Thursday cast doubts on
the veracity of the NHRC report which ruled out rape in
Bhatta-Parsaul during the recent farmers` agitation, saying
one report cannot negate all the charges.
"Other agencies have gone and confirmed that women were
treated in a way which we are all against. Let us see. Views
and counter views are coming. Let me see from where these
reports have come," Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Ambika Soni told reporters.
Congress general secretaries Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay
Singh had visited Bhatta-Parsaul during the agitation. Gandhi
had later claimed that women were raped after the Mayawati
government in Uttar Pradesh ordered a crackdown on the
agitators and forced them to flee from the two villages.
Asked specifically about the National Human Rights
Commission giving a clean chit to the UP government on these
allegations, Soni maintained that the manner in which the body
had conducted its study may have to be looked into.
"I do not want to comment on who had gone there from
NHRC, whom did they talk to and how much time they spent
there. I have full hope that they would have tried their best.
But in such matters many a times people hesitate in asking
questions," Soni said.
"How much trust can the person win from the victims.
Are they ready to speak to them?" she asked.
Soni insisted that the National Commission for Women
(NCW), which had also visited the affected areas, came up with
a version different from the NHRC.
"Women from the National Commission for Women had gone
there. Many a times it is easier for a woman to talk to a
woman... One report cannot negate the whole thing," Soni said.