THE NATIONAL Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday too suo motu cognizance of the gangrape of a 25-year-old in Kolkata.
“A probe from our end is likely to be initiated soon. It is a sorry state of affairs that in a state, which has a woman as its chief minister and women are worshipped as goddesses, cases of violence against women are on the rise,” said NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumarmangalam.
She added that all the accused should be brought to books and given exemplary punishment so that it acts as a deterrent for others. “Barring a few incidents which are reported in the media, several such cases go unnoticed… People are still afraid to speak up. People should be made aware that one can contact the state and national women’s commission in such cases,” said Kumarmangalam.
Meanwhile, amid reports that the gangrape victim may be a citizen of Nepal, acting Nepal Consul General Sita Basnet is likely to meet her at the hospital on Wednesday.
“We have been in touch with the police but the commissioner of Bidhannagar City Police, Jawed Shamim, had said that it was yet to be established whether the victim was from Nepal. We have asked for permission to meet her at the hospital. Only after her citizenship is confirmed will we be able to take any further step,” said a senior official of the Nepal Consulate in Kolkata.