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Cong says MP govt hushing up alleged rapes

Accusing the Madhya Pradesh government of hushing up the alleged rape of four tribal women in Dhar district of the state, the Congress today demanded a judicial probe into the incident to unmask the truth.

Accompanied by state Congress leaders and a group of local tribal women, AICC spokesperson Shobha Oza said that the party will also approach the National Commission for Women (NCW) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to intervene in the matter.

Four tribal women in Gandhwani area of Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district had last month reportedly accused the police of raping them while carrying out a raid on the night of January 25 in search of some thieves. The victims also alleged inaction by the police in the case.

“There is a goonda raj prevailing in the state…rapes of tribal and Dalit women have become a norm and the police do not register FIRs in such cases,” Oza alleged.

She alleged that even in the Dhar rape case despite one of the victims identifying one of the accused cops, no FIR has been registered in connection with the episode.

“The state government is trying to shield the culprits. We demand a judicial probe in the matter to ensure that the victims get justice and the true face of Chief Minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) is exposed,” she added.

The Congress spokesperson also said that the party would knock at the doors of NCW and NHRC for its intervention.

The Congress also said that it would raise the issue in the ongoing session of Parliament, if need be.

 

PTI