Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Eleven tribal women allege gang-rape

VISAKHAPATNAM: Eleven Girijan women of Vakapalli under Nurmati panchayat in G. Madugula mandal in the Visakha agency area alleged that they had been gang-raped by Greyhound policemen in their village on Monday morning.

Above Picture - Adivasi women raped by police personnel hold a protest
demonstration in Vishakpatnam.

The women were brought to Paderu by local MLA Lake Raja Rao where they lodged a complaint with Sub-Collector D. S. Lokesh Kumar in the evening.

The 11 women were sent to the King George Hospital here for medical examination.

The alleged gang-rape took place in the background of the police intensively searching for the accused in the ZPP Vice-Chairman S. Ravishankar's murder case.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal denied the gang-rape incident.

"No complaint was lodged with the police anywhere in the district. But I have asked Additional SP B. Ananda Rao to probe the matter. A case was also registered against the Greyhound policemen under the SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act. Action would be taken depending on the result of the inquiry".

In fact, the police party had been withdrawn from the village on Monday night, Dr. Sabharwal said.

According to the victims, the 21 Greyhound policemen entered the village around 6 a.m. along with two youth of the village — Pangi Prakash and Pangi Suryam — who were found missing since August 14.

The police raided their houses and destroyed household articles.

The women said they were raped in their homes or in the fields or near a stream to where they had gone to fetch water.

Soon after the incident, all the villagers moved to Nurmati. Some reporters met the victims at Nurmati.

The women said the police who denied earlier that they had picked up Prakash and Suryam, brought them to Vakapalli on Monday.

Report demanded

Meanwhile the State Human Rights Commission directed the SP to submit a report on the incident by 10.30 a .m. on Tuesday, its Chairman Justice B. Subhashan Reddy told The Hindu from Hyderabad.


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