NHRC notice to Bihar govt over naked parading of woman

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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued a notice to the government of Bihar in connection with the beating and naked parading of a woman at Bihiya village of Bhojpur district.

Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that the woman was beaten and paraded naked by some people on suspicion of her involvement in a teenager’s mysterious death, the commission issued a notice to the Government of Bihar, through its Chief Secretary, calling for a detailed report in the matter.

According to sources, the 16-year-old boy from Damodarpur village had gone to Bihiya to seek admission to Class XI but later his body was found in the red light area of the village with injuries on his genitals. Thereafter, large-scale violence was witnessed on August 20. The mob set ablaze several shops and indulged in stone pelting.

The Commission has also directed the Bihar Director General of Police to ensure proper protection to the victim woman and her family members so that she is not threatened or subjected to any kind harassment by the miscreants. The officers have been given four weeks to respond.

While issuing notices, the Commission has observed that the sequence of incidents indicates towards negligence on the part of the police authorities and the local administration. The incidents appear to be a serious case of violation of human rights including the right to life of the teenager and the right to dignity to the victim woman. Though FIRs were registered in the matter and several police personnel were placed under suspicion the action does not seem to be sufficient.

According to the media report, 16 persons had been arrested by the police and eight policemen were placed under suspension. Three FIRs have been registered in the matter. One is based on the complaint of the victim woman. The other has been registered in connection with the death of the teenager beside another against those, who damaged public and private properties during the agitation.

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