NHRC seeks report from Rajasthan govt on Pratapgarh rape

New Delhi: The NHRC has sought a response from the Rajasthan government within four weeks on reports about alleged rape of a woman by two policemen in the premises of a police station in Pratapgarh district.

The National Human Rights Commission, which took suo motu cognisance of a media report in this regard, said if true, it raises serious issues of "violation of human rights of women in police custody at the hands of policemen who are supposed to protect them".

It said according to the report, two constables from Chhoti Sadri police station had on May 15 brought a woman, belonging to the pastoral Gayatri community, forcibly to the police station along with her father. "The report further alleges that they took the woman to the residential quarters of the police station and raped her," it said.

The incident had led to large scale violence in the district with a 200-strong mob surrounding the police station.

The Commission issued notice to the Chief Secretary and Rajasthan DGP to submit a report giving full details of the incident, including monetary relief, if any, paid to the victim as well as the action taken against the errant police officials.