Three youths have been arrested on the charge of molesting a girl in a busy area here even as Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi tonight said the incident should not have allowed to take place in a public place.
“The three youths were arrested in connection with the molestation case which happened in front of a bar on Guwahati-Shillong Road on July 10,” Superintendent of Police Apurba Jyoti Barua said.
However,according to reports,scores of bystanders just stood around and some even filmed the incidents (others posed and grinned for the camera,as the girl’s modesty was being outraged by a mob of men (the men are being numbered in the dozens) who were tearing off her clothes and groping her indiscriminately.
And even after 3 days of the attack on the girl,just three have been arrested while the others are roaming free,putting the girl in further danger.
Barua said the girl entered into a brawl in the bar with her friend and following an altercation some youths attempted to molest her.
The arrested included contractual employee of Assam Electronic Development Corporation Ltd Amarjyoti Kalita.
Kalita,who had also acted in a Assamese serial where he had enacted the role of a policeman,has since been dismissed from service. Two other arrested Dhananjoy Basfor and Bubul Das,the SP said.
The accused were framed under Sec 341 (wrongful restraint) 143 (unlawful assembly),294 (obscene act),323 (voluntarily causing hurt),354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC following a written complaint filed by girl’s mother.
Meanwhile,Gogoi termed the incident in a public place as unfortunate and said it should not have been allowed to occur.
He also directed the district administration and police to monitor all bars,clubs,discos and hotels and raid them at any time if there was report of any untoward incident.
Chairperson of Assam State Commission for Women Neera Barooah said the commission had taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and will decide on next course of action based on police action and report.
Activists,politicians condemn girl’s molestation in Guwahati
New Delhi: Activists and politicians today strongly condemned the alleged stripping and molestation of a girl in Guwahati while she was returning from a get-together,saying every woman has a right to party and demanded strong action against the culprits.
They also faulted the Assam Police for “arriving late” to the spot in front of a bar on the Guwahati-Shillong Road on Monday night where the girl was molested.
The footage of the incident which was uploaded on video-sharing website YouTube sent shock waves across the country.
“It is absolute outrage….because it has happened just 2 km from the seat of governance in Assam. And the fact that if it could happen in a public place,on a public road,for more than 30 minutes and police doesn’t come,what is the message?” CPI(M) MP Brinda Karat asked.
“What is the message that goes out from this incident? That women in India are not safe. The second message which goes is that police is not accountable. There has to be prosecution of police officials responsible for this,” she said.
Echoing similar views,National Commission of Women chief Mamta Sharma demanded that the police and state authorities take the matter seriously and arrest all those responsible for the incident.
“This could have happened anywhere else and these people should be punished as it is a very serious offence,” she said.
Congress MP and former NCW chief Girija Vyas said not only Assam,but all other states should also look into the seriousness of the matter because “mentalities” have not changed.
“Every girl has the right to attend a party. She was molested by a group of boys immediately after she left the party,” she said.
KMSS demands President’s rule in Assam
Guwahati: Team Anna member and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi today demanded imposition of President’s Rule in Assam claiming worsening law and order situation in the state in the wake of Monday incident where a teenage girl was molested by some youths in the streets of Guwahati.
“There is total anarchy in the state. The state government is being run by lumpen elements and criminals,who are getting encouragement and protection of senior ministers and Congress leaders,” Gogoi told reporters here.
Demanding dismissal of the state government for “failure on law and order front”,the RTI activist demanded a CBI inquiry on the assault on the girl.
“Both the assault on her as well as the assault on me that was done by Youth Congress workers at Nalbari last week should be probed by the CBI. Such crimes are all of same magnitude and point to the total collapse of law and order in the state,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi,who is also general secretary of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti,cited the latest figures from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) which showed that the rate of violent crimes in Assam was the third highest in the country in 2011.
“The state police DGP is aware of where the molesters of the girl are hiding. He is aware of who was behind the attack on me. But the official is helpless in face of pressure from the government who are hell bent to protecting the criminals,” he said.
Members of the KMSS,in association with India Against Corruption and other activists groups,will gather on Sunday in Guwahati to protest the breakdown of law and order in the state.
Chidambaram condemns Guwahati molestation incident
Chandigarh: Strongly condemning the molestation of a girl in a busy area in Guwahati,Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said nobody should make light of such serious incidents.
“Every incident of molesting a woman is condemnable… anyone who tries to make light of the incident is condemnable.
Nobody should make light of the incident of molesting a woman or molesting a child,” he told reporters here.
He made the remark when asked to comment on Assam DGP’s statement that police is not like an ATM machine which can be present at the crime scene the moment one inserts a card in the machine.
Chidambaram said he would get in touch with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and find out what action has been taken in the case.
“Now that you (media persons) have brought the matter to my notice,I will certainly find out from the (Assam) Chief Minister what action he will take in the incident,” he said.
On Guwahati SSP’s comment that the incident has been raked up by the Delhi media,who sweep under the carpet cases of rape of girls from North East in the national capital,Chidambaram said,”Every molestation incident is condemnable …such condemnable incidents happen all over the country.”
Three youths were arrested in connection with the case which happened in front of a bar on Guwahati-Shillong Road on July 10.
The girl had entered into a brawl in the bar with her friend and following an altercation some youths attempted to molest her. The matter led to a public outcry after a video of the shocking incident was uploaded on Youtube.