Women’s Group Demands Actions Against Molestation Culprits

In the shameful incident where a 17 year-old girl was molested by a mob in the heart of the Guwahati city on the night of July 9, the National Women Commission (NWC) on Saturday asked the state government to take action against the culprits and suggested a special court to solve the case.

In a press conference, the three member NWC team, Alaka Lamba, Hiranmoyee Phukan and Wanshu Syiem said the accused persons must be punished.

“The Assam police apprehended four culprits so far, but another seven persons have not yet been captured by the police. We urged the state government and Assam police to take necessary actions against the persons who had been identified in the video footage during the incident,” NWC member Alaka Lamba said.

The NWC team reportedly visited the victims and found some signs of cigarette burns to her body. The girl was beaten by the mob.

The NWC team also consulted the members of the Assam State Women Commission and DC of Kamrup (Metro), SSP of Guwahati city police at Hotel Brahmaputra Ashoka in the city.

In addition, the team also discussed with the DGP of Assam police Jayanta Narayan Choudhury.

The NWC team will meet at Assam CM Tarun Gogoi on July 15.

Crime against women in Assam has surprisingly risen from 2005 to 2011.

In the last six years, 54,238 cases of were registered in Assam.

The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics revealed that the rate of crime against women in Assam is the second highest in the country in 2011 with 36.9 per lakh.

In the year 2005-2006, 6,133 cases were registered, while 6724 cases in 2006-2007, 7297 cases in 2007-2008, 11026 cases in 2008-2009, 11555 cases in 2009-2010 and 11503 cases registered in 2010-2011.

In addition, 8,454 cases of rape were registered in different police stations in the state from 2005 to 2010.