New Delhi, Dec 7:
Taking cognizance of the recent rape of a deaf and dumb student by an instructor of a government-run vocational training institute in Bhubaneswar, the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Saturday asked the state government to place the inquiry report of the Commission along with the action taken report (ATR) in this case in the ongoing winter session of the State Assembly.
In its inquiry report sent to the state government, the Commission has observed that the unfortunate incident could have been averted had there been a strict police control on all hotels and lodges in the city.
It may be mentioned that the following the incident that took place on August 6 this year, the two-member team of the Commission—Hemlata Kheria and Manasi Pradhan— had visited the state and recorded the statements of the victim and her parents at Baripada and statements of the witnesses in Bhubaneswar.
The team also visited the hotel where the incident had taken place and made a detailed inquiry into the circumstances that led to the incident.
The team, in its report, has observed that the incident has exposed serious loopholes in women’s security in the city which needs to be addressed urgently.
As a remedial measure, the committee has made some key recommendations. It has asked the state government to constitute a special task force to conduct regular raids on all hotels and lodges to ensure that they strictly adhere to the enforcement codes, maintain a regular register with details of all guests and inform the police about any suspicious activities.
In view of a large number of girl students and working women staying in the city in private hostels, the state police has also been advised to bring private hostels into the purview of this task force and ensure regular checks on this private hostels.
The state government has been directed to ensure that all educational institutes in the city have a “Gender Sensitivity Committee” of its own with representation from among lady students to deal with any case of harassment and assaults.
Apart from these, the Commission has asked the state government to adequately compensate the victim and file an ATR with the NCW in this regard.
The state government has been directed to appoint a special public prosecutor for expeditious trial of the case in a fast track court.
Since the victim has adequate technical education, the committee in its report has asked the state government to make arrangements for her suitable employment and send an encouraging message that no goal is impossible for her in the face of strong will power that the victim has displayed.