//NCW takes cognisance of Dalit rape case, seeks inquiry

NCW takes cognisance of Dalit rape case, seeks inquiry

Jaipur | January 25, 2006
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognisance of the rape of a Dalit girl, and sought recording of her statement before a magistrate and putting the case on a fast track.

NCW chairperson Dr Girija Vyas who visited the victim at the SMS Hospital here late in the evening today also sought rehabilitation of the victim.

The case pertains to a sahyogini (25), employed at an anganwadi in Karoli district, who was allegedly raped on the night of December 30 last year, by three of her supervisors in connivance with a fellow sahyogini.

The victim was branded a psychic and was admitted to the SMS Hospital’s psychiatric ward after two days of the incident, purportedly at the behest of the accused persons.

She was diagnosed with ”acute transient psychic disorder” and was sedated with psychotropic drugs at the hospital ward.

The victim’s family learnt of the incident three days after the crime occurred but the police refused to lodge a case as she was heavily under sedation for over a week.

However, a state Cabinet Minister intervened and a case was registered on January 20 and the hospital administration has constituted a medical board to inquire into the case.

The victim was again referred to the psychiatric ward by the police after the registration of the case by her.

”I will meet Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and seek economic aid for the victim and her rehabilitation. Besides, many questions regarding the case remain unanswered and the government should institute an inquiry,” Dr Vyas said.

She also demanded strict measures to check sexual assault of women at workplace.

Meanwhile, the state government has directed the Inspector General of police (Women Atrocities Prevention Cell) to supervise the case being looked into by an additional Superintendant of Police from the crime and vigilance wing and aided by a lady Deputy Superintendant of Police Shalini Saxena.