NHRC issues notice to UP government, police chief

PTI
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

“The incident was reported to have happened a day after the alleged rape victim tried to immolate herself near the chief minister’s residence accusing BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his aides of gangrape,” the NHRC said on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW: The NHRC has sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state police chief seeking a detailed report on the death of the father of an alleged gangrape victim in judicial custody in Unnao, and has asked the authorities to ensure “the aggrieved family is not subjected to further harassment”.

“The incident was reported to have happened a day after the alleged rape victim tried to immolate herself near the chief minister’s residence accusing BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his aides of gangrape,” the NHRC said on Tuesday.

The National Human Rights Commission observed that the allegations, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim family. It has issued notice to the chief secretary and the director general of police of Uttar Pradesh, seeking a detailed report, including action taken against the “delinquent police officials”, who refused to register an FIR.

“The NHRC also expects from the DGP, an explanation for not communicating the custodial death to the commission within 24 hours. All the reports, including health screening report of the deceased at the time of his admission in the jail and medical treatment provided by the jail authorities, are to be sent,” the rights panel said in a statement.

They have been given four weeks to respond, it said. The commission said it has also directed the chief secretary to “look into the matter personally and ensure that the aggrieved family is not subjected to further harassment and humiliation by the opponents who appear to be resourceful persons of the locality”. “He (chief secretary) is also directed to monitor and expedite the magisterial inquiry which is underway,” it added.

The man, aged around 50, was rushed to a hospital from the district jail on April 8 night and died during treatment on Monday, an officials said. He was arrested on April 5 under the Arms Act, they added.

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