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Girl made to recount ordeal before media,inquiry ordered

The Dindoshi police have initiated an inquiry against NGO worker Anjali Khanna for allegedly coercing the gangrape victim to give an interview to the media.

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai |
November 6, 2013 12:18:22 am

The Dindoshi police have initiated an inquiry against NGO worker Anjali Khanna for allegedly coercing the gangrape victim to give an interview to the media.

Khanna has claimed that there was delay in lodging a complaint in the case,which was done only after she intervened.

On Tuesday,Khanna,who was asked to counsel the girl,told her to appear for an interview with her face covered. The girl was accompanied by her family. The media persons asked the family step away to avoid identifying the victim.

The girl was asked to narrate the ordeal that she had gone through. She was also asked to retrace her steps and show the media the road where she was made to drink beer and stripped. Khanna allegedly made calls to media persons and asked them to gather at the spot after a press conference by the DCP Pravin Patil Tuesday.

Khanna later said she realised after the interview that she had committed a mistake.

After the police were informed about the interview,they wanted to keep the girl under observation as three suspects are still at large and could harm the victim further. However,Khanna and the victim’s brother refused to comply. Police have asked Khanna to give an explanation about the interview.

megha.sood@expressindia.com

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