New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Sunday said it has found 16 women, prima facie victims of rape, sexual and physical assault by the State police personnel in Chhattisgarh even as it awaited the recorded statement of about 20 other victims.
Taking cognizance of the case, the NHRC has issued a notice to the Government of Chhattisgarh to show cause why it should not recommend interim monetary relief of Rs 37 lakh (Rs 3.7 million) to them.
This includes, Rs 300,000 each to eight victims of rape, Rs200,000 each to six victims of sexual assault and Rs 50,000 each to two victims of physical assault. The NHRC initiated suo motu proceedings on the basis of news report published in a local English daily.
The Commission has observed that it is of the view that, prima-facie, human rights of the victims have been grossly violated by the security personnel of the Government of Chhattisgarh for which the State Government is vicariously liable.
The Commission said that after careful consideration of the material on record, it found that there are in total 34 victims mentioned in ‘FIR Nos. 22/2015, 2/2016 and 3/2016. The material includes copies of statement of victims recorded by the NHRC Team as well as those recorded u/s 164 CrPC in case FIR No. 22/15, FIR No. 2/16 and FIR No. 3/16 in respect of 15 victims, sent by the IGP, Police Headquarters, Raipur vide letter dated 12th November, 2016.’
The Commission has directed its DIG (Investigation) to depute a team of officials from the Investigation Division and Law Division to record the statements of 15 victims whose statements were not recorded either by the NHRC Team or by the Magistrate u/s 164 Cr.PC and submit the same to the Commission within one month.