Gogoi slams naming of molestation victim,then does the same and more

The Assam government continued to blunder as it struggled to track down the main accused

Written by Express News Service | Guwahati/new Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 3:19:50 am

With public outrage mounting over the molestation and near-stripping of a teenaged girl by a mob outside a Guwahati pub,the Assam government continued to blunder as it struggled to track down the main accused and explain how such an incident could have happened on a busy stretch of the city.

Hours after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi questioned how a section of the media could reveal the identity of the girl,his government today released three photographs of his meeting with the girl and even named her. Late tonight,the government withdrew the photographs but continued to name the girl.

“Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi interacts with… the victim of G S Road incident (extreme right) at his official residence at Khanapara on 16/7/2012,” read the caption of the three photographs,released by the CM’s PR cell. The photographs were emailed and a press release followed,again naming the girl.

Later,another email from the CM’s PR cell asked the media not to publish the photographs: “The photographs of… meeting the CM should not be published.”

Meanwhile,National Commission for Women representative Alka Lamba,sent to Guwahati to inquire into the molestation case,has been removed from the fact-finding team.

Lamba had revealed the name of the girl at a press conference. Once her identity was disclosed,some TV channels interviewed the girl’s neighbours.

Late this evening,Guwahati City SSP Apurba Jiban Baruah was transferred to Dibrugarh. Official sources said he will be replaced by Dibrugarh SP Arabinda Kalita.

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