NCW cautious on Arunima case, women activists back the athlete

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 23:38

New Delhi: The NCW on Tuesday said it will
take a view on the railway police claim about "loopholes" in
Arunima case only after a thorough probe while some women`s
rights activists felt that it appeared to be an attempt by
authorities to "abdicate responsibility".

"We can comment on this issue only after a thorough
inquiry," National Commission for Women acting chairperson
Yasmeen Abrar said.

The Government Railway Police said it has found
loopholes in the version of 23-year-old Arunima Sinha, a
national level football and volleyball player, that she lost
her leg after being thrown off a train by robbers in Bareilly
who tried to snatch her gold chain.

The athlete rubbished the probe saying she was being
"mentally harassed" by the police.

Police claimed that Arunima was disturbed and may have
either attempted suicide or met with an accident and that the
loot attempt was not corroborated by any witness.

Women`s rights activist Ranjana Kumari questioned the
probe, pointing out that there was no police or railway
official in the compartment when the incident happened.

"It is nothing new...always blaming the victim. They
don`t want to take responsibility," she said.

Another activist Runu Chakravarty also rubbished the
police theory, saying it appeared to be an attempt to
complicate the issue so that Arunima does not get the relief
and compensation she demanded.

"It is a general way of abdicating responsibility,"
she said.


First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 23:38

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