Bastar Sanyukt Samiti demands quick action on NHRC notice

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2017 12:01:14

Staff Reporter,


Jan 10,

Bastar Sanyukt Sangrash Samiti has demanded action by Chhattisgarh government on notice slapped by National Human Rights Commission, in which it found 16 women, prima facie victims of rape, sexual and physical assault by the State police personnel beside other atrocities on tribal in this region.

Speaking at a press conference, former union minister and convener of Bastar Sanyukt Sangrash Samiti, Arvind Netam said that in Bastar has been home to atrocities on tribal, rape, physical torture by police and fake encounters in name of naxalites past many years after the formation of the State.

After careful consideration of material on record NHRC served notice to Chief Secretary Chhattisgarh government on January 2017 and ordered speedy action against the guilty persons and financial help to the victims. Total recommended monitory benefit of Rs 37 lakh which includes Rs.3 lakh each to eight victims of rape, Rs 2 lakh each to six victims of sexual assault and Rs. 50,000/- each to two
victims of physical assault should immediately be disbursed to the victims.

He further said that women from five villages Pegdapalli, Chinnagelur, Peddagelur, Gundam and Burgicheru had alleged that State Police personnel had sexually harassed and assaulted more than 40 of them and gang raped at least two in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. It was also reported that belongings of many villagers were destroyed, stolen or scattered by the forces passing through the villages.

Commenting on the demands former union minister Netam said that BSSS has urged the state government to take strict action against guilty persons for the alleged atrocities in the Bastar region. He has demanded arrest of police personnel involved in rape cases, security of tribal women in the region and also action against police personnel involved in Anita Jha and Mena Khalko incident.