Burha Police Outpost Incident: NHRC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance
GUWAHATI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognizance of the recent incident where three women, including a pregnant woman, were allegedly stripped off and beaten mercilessly during an interrogation in Assam’s Darrang.
The commission has issued notices to the DGP Assam and Chief Secretary calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.
An NHRC press release stated: “The Commission has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, raise serious issue of violation of human rights. Accordingly, notices have been issued to the Chief Secretary and the DGP, Assam calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks including medical treatment record of the victim and present status of her health condition.”
Further, the national body has also asked if any any steps have been taken by the state authorities to provide any kind of relief and counselling to the victims.
It is to be mentioned that the Sub-Inspector (SI) of Burha Police Outpost along with a lady constable were placed under suspension in connection with the incident.
According to reports, Director General of Police (DGP), Assam Kula Saikia earlier while speaking to media said that both SI Mahendra Sarma and lady constable Binita Boro has been placed under suspension and a criminal case has been registered against them.
According to the victims on September 6, a case was filed against Ruful Ali, the brother of these women, for allegedly abducting a girl. The FIR was lodged by the elder brother of the girl. However, the Burha police failing to trace Ruful Ali picked up Minowara Begum, Sanuwera Begum and Rumele Begum, the three sisters of Ruful, from different locations of Guwahati.