NCW says cops should file chargesheet in 20 days

Probe: Three-member panel to submit report in next few days

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 26, 2013 4:38 am

National Commission of Women (NCW) member Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar said Sunday the Mumbai Police should file its chargesheet in the gangrape of the 22-year-old photojournalist in 15-20 days since all five accused have been arrested.

Prabhavalkar,who is in the city,heads the three-member NCW panel set up to probe the gruesome episode that took place on Thursday evening. Her statement came after she visited the abandoned Shakti Mills compound on Sunday afternoon.

“The Mumbai Police should definitely file the chargesheet within the stipulated 90-day period. In this case however,they should file it in 15-20 days as all arrests have been made and nothing is left to be investigated. The case should be heard in a fast-track court and the state government must appoint a special public prosecutor who specialises in crimes against women. It is necessary to ensure speedy delivery of justice,” she said.

She also said the age of the juvenile accused should be quickly established before any further controversy. “After the Delhi gangrape case,a trend has emerged of the accused claiming to be minors. The police should quickly conduct bone ossification tests to determine whether or not he is a minor,” she said.

Prabhavalkar visited the scene of the crime as part of her probe. Emerging from the compound,she described it as a “dungeon”. “It is a horrible and scary place with cigarette packets,beer bottles and joints strewn everywhere. I went inside the mill to understand what it must have been like for the victim and her colleague. I praise the bravery with which the victim decided to enter it. This is a place that no woman or man should enter,” she said.

Prabhavalkar will return to Delhi on Monday and submit her recommendations in the next couple of days. “I will propose a special public prosecutor for such cases. The second proposal will be to provide the victim with compensation. In this case,the government has already agreed to bear the hospital expenses,” she said.

She also said the owners of the property should take full responsibility of maintaining it. “If the property was taken care of,drug addicts would have never taken shelter in it. But I wouldn’t like to comment further as the property belongs to the Official Liquidator of the Bombay High Court. But certainly,it should have fences to deter people from entering,” she said.

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