AIDWA demands CBI inquiry

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 29 June 2017

Pune: The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has condemned the assault, torture and death of Manjula Shetye, a woman inmate in Byculla jail. AIDWA claimed that she was sexually assaulted and it is shocked at the impunity with which the 38-year-old prisoner, who was also the warden of her section, was attacked by six women jailers without any fear of other inmates or officials witnessing or hearing them. 

Pune: The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has condemned the assault, torture and death of Manjula Shetye, a woman inmate in Byculla jail. AIDWA claimed that she was sexually assaulted and it is shocked at the impunity with which the 38-year-old prisoner, who was also the warden of her section, was attacked by six women jailers without any fear of other inmates or officials witnessing or hearing them. 

AIDWA said it is shocked CM Devendra Fadnavis, who handles the Home portfolio, has not condemned the incident or owned responsibility. Such gross violation of human rights must be referred to the CBI for a thorough probe.

The government must make a full statement about the facts and the guilty should be severely punished. Further, there should be no victimisation of other women prisoners for protesting against crime and or bringing them to public view.

A press release states that Shetye was left to bleed for several hours and her death was allegedly reported as death due to cardiac arrest. The organisation said that Shetye’s example shows how violence is widespread and how no heed is paid to the laws banning custodial violence, which were put in place due to the efforts of human rights 
activists.

The release states that it has also been reported that Manjula was attacked after she raised questions about the inadequacy of food portions. It states that the portions served to the prisoners are set as per prison rules. The release states that this indicates corruption and an infringement on the basic rights of prisoners.

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