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NHRC Seeks Detailed Report on UP Gang Rape and Murder of 13-Yr-Old Within 6 Weeks

by Shreya
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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called for a detailed report in case of gangrape and murder of a 13-year-old girl in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh.

Notices have been issued to Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh asking for the report in six weeks and provision of relief to family of the victim who belonged to the Scheduled caste, as per the provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

It has been reported that the victim had gone to a farm on August 15, that belonged to one of the Rape accused as the toilet at her home was non functional, and there she was allegedly tortured before being strangled to death.

NHRC issued a press release stating that the Chief Secretary is also expected to sensitise the district authorities in the State to create awareness that the toilets should not be constructed for mere fulfilment of the government records, they are to be actually made functional.

The Commission also stated that its expected from the Ministry to issue guidelines to all the States and Union Territories to ensure that the toilets are not only constructed but also used to make the country clean and save the women from the heinous crimes like rape committed by anti-social elements when they go out to relieve themselves.

NHRC noted how it is mentioned in a news report that although there is a toilet in the victim’s house but it’s not functional. The Commission’s press release states-

“The Chief Secretary is also expected to sensitize the district authorities in the State to create awareness that the toilets should not be constructed for mere fulfillment of the government records, they are to be actually made functional.”

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The Commission forwarded a copy of the news item to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Jal Shakti, which is the Nodal Ministry for the ‘Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan’ and noted-

“It is expected from the Ministry to issue guidelines to all the States and Union Territories to ensure that the toilets are not only constructed but also used to make the country clean and save the women from the heinous crimes committed by anti-social elements when they go out to relieve themselves. He is also expected to respond within 6 weeks.”

According to the media reports, both the Rape accused have been arrested by the police. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Kheri has stated that the FIR has been registered under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO Act. He has further added that the National Security Act will be slapped against the accused who were arrested by the police within a few hours after the incident.

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