The National Human Rights Commission has served notices on the Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh and the Union Home Secretary over the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh by CRPF/police personnel. The incident took place on April 2 last when some un-indentified CRPF/Police personnel entered a house at Patel Para of Chintagufa Village in district Sukma of Chhattisgarh looking out for a man, purportedly a Maoist sympathiser. They allegedly dragged out the 15-year-old sister of the man and raped her. They have also severely beaten up the victim’s family members when they tried to rescue the girl. The victim and her mother are being kept in custody by the police and pressure is being mounted upon the victim to change her statement. The police have also questioned the media person who had reported the incident. Reportedly, the police authorities have denied the allegations saying that the charges have been levelled with an intention to defame and demoralise the police force.
The Chhattisgarh DGP and the Union home secretary have been asked to respond within four weeks.
The allegations, if true, raise an issue of violation of human rights, the Commission observed. The CRPF/Police personnel are public servants to protect the citizen’s rights and not to violate them. The perpetrators are required to be booked under law. There is extreme need to provide protection and proper counselling along with relief and rehabilitation to the victim and her family members. The Commission took cognizance of the matter on the basis of news clippings and the copies of the complaints by the victim’s mother to the SP and by Bhartiya Mahila Federation, Sukma to District Collector, brought to its notice by Nandani Sundar, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi seeking its intervention. Meanwhile, CPI national secretary D Raja has accused the BJP-led Chhattisgarh government of “harassing” tribal people and CPI cadres in the name of fighting left-wing extremism in the state. “Tribal people and cadres of my entire party are being harassed in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh in the name of fighting left wing extremism,” Raja said.
The CPI leader said this after joining a protest organised by various women rights organisations outside Chhattisgarh Bhawan demanding action against security personnel for allegedly raping the minor girl at a village in Sukma district. “I will be meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard to push the government to book the people involved in the crime and also to ensure relief and rehabilitation for the victim,” Raja said. A JNU student, who took part in the protest, alleged that the state machineries are involved in the crime. “This is not the first time such incidents are happening, it is a trend where state machineries are involved in such crimes. Such incidents raises doubt if we live in a democracy,” said Aparichitha, a research student. Members of National Federation of Indian Women, Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan (RDMA) and representatives of domestic workers associations took part in the protest and submitted a memorandum to the resident commissioner.