NCW notice to Rajasthan minister over remarks in gangrape case

The National Commission for Women said that those in public life should be "gender sensitive"

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2017 3:12 pm
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Taking cognisance of “insensitive” remarks by a Rajasthan Minister in an alleged gangrape case in Bikaner, the National Commission for Women (NCW) today shot off a notice to him, saying those in public life should be “gender sensitive”.

The 13-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped in April 2015 and an FIR was registered against the teachers after her father recently gave a complaint to the local Superintendent of Police. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria had raised questions over the delay on part of the family in reporting the case.

The NCW, which has asked Kataria to reply to the notice failing which he will be summoned, said that its member will visit the survivor’s family as it suspects a “cover-up”.

“We have sent Rajasthan Home Minister G Kataria a notice after his remarks on Bikaner alleged gangrape survivor. He has been asked to reply immediately, failing which we will summon him and later decide on what action to take,” the NCW said.

According to reports, Kataria had told reporters that “normally, if eight people rape together, and the child does not inform the parents on the same day, then it doesn’t make much sense to me. I can say this after years of experience”.

NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said, “We have also decided to send an NCW member to visit the survivor’s family.

“It seems there is some kind of a cover-up because the father wants to withdraw the case. The family is not letting anyone meet the child.”

“People in public life should be gender sensitive. To make off the cuff remarks is not just condemnable but is also callous and insensitive. A victim is always questioned and no one gives her the benefit of doubt. This is a very regressive attitude,” she said.

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    Ashu Kumar
    Mar 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    Minister should be asked to do Murga-am for irresponsible remark.
    1. LAXMINARAYAN Taparia
      Mar 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm
      Wide spread Rape throughout our nation is a curse and collective shame on 125 crore citizens. 90 % cases of rape go unreported. Among reported ones, average 7 cases of rapes every day in one state of Kerala alone. There is no dearth of wise thinkers in our;br/gt;I hereby give my solution and leave the subject for national debate, and invite opinion of N G Os, including national commission for;br/gt;Make marriage for all Indians ( regardless of religion ) compulsory. Age limit , 15 to 18 for girls and 18 to 21 for boys. This suggested window of ages is the thresh hold when an urge of company / attraction grows among boys and girls. And such married girls to wear a ring or a sindur ( vermilion ) on her head or both signs, to show that she is already married. Both boys and girls can keep pursuing their studies and / or job or both. there is no problem in;br/gt;Those who are not married within these age limits must report in writing, every three months to police station having jurisdiction, what they are doing for getting married.
      1. Sheik Mohamed
        Mar 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm
        Family is already affected/traumatized due to this incident and this Minister is rubbing salt on their wounds.
        1. H
          Mar 28, 2017 at 9:50 am
          We know BJP goons have years of experience in raping and molestation....Gulab chand accepted this fact