Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 27:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a compiled report from Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) over rape and molestation by policemen.
Acting on a complaint by rights campaigner Subash Mohapatra of Bhubaneswar Based Global Human Rights Communications, the apex rights body sought processed and compiled report from DGP within four weeks covering details of all such cases which occurred during the period of one year starting from October 2012.
Through its proceedings of April 15 of the year 2014, the rights body had directed DGP to submit a consolidated report on the subject.
“The needful has not been done till date and individual reports are being sent to the Commission by the SPs of the districts concerned. Now, the Odisha DGP is again directed to submit a consolidated compilation of the cases which occurred during the period of one year starting from October 31, 2012,” the rights body called for report in its latest order.
Further, the rights body took note of the non-compliance of the order and categorically said that the SPs should not send the individual report and directed to follow specific prescribed format by the rights body.
“It is pity that law keepers are found involved in serious gender crimes such as rape and molestation, and the context is that the police department is kept under direct portfolio of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The state should come clean by reporting that what stringent actions have been taken against the police men who are found committed and charged with the crime against the women and girls,” Mohapatra lamented.
Mohapatra had stated in the petition that 44 incidents of rape and outrage of modesty of women cases by policemen were officially registered during between 2009 and 2013.