Hanshkhali Gang Rape: BJP’s Fact Finding Team Appeals NHRC For Immediate Action

BJP's fact finding team mebers - (from right) Vanathi Srinivasan, Rekha Verma and Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury - who met the NHRC in New Delhi on Monday

New Delhi, April 25: Three members of the BJP’s fact-finding team for the Hanshkhali gang rape and murder case met the full bench of the National Hunan Rights Commission in New Delhi on Monday and submitted a memorandum demanding justice for the victim girl and immediate action for violation of her rights.

The team led by MP Rekha Verma, who is also vice president of the party along with West Bengal BJP MLA Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury and party’s women’s wing president Vanathi Srinivasan met the NHRC chairman Justice Arun Mishra and appealed him to take cognizance of the incident and to start a case on suo moto at the earliest.

“We have appealed the commission to ensure protection to the victim’s parents, witnesses, and to pay compensation for the victims’ family”, Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury told the NfN.

Narrating the plight of the victim girl and the way her rights were violated under threat, the BJP delegation urged the commission to take action against the perpetrators.

“We have also appealed the commission to take action for the violation of human rights in the alleged incident. The right to life of the girl was compromised under threat as she could not get access to medical treatment and her parents were not allowed to lodge a police complaint under threat by goons”, Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury stated further.

On April 4 the victim girl was allegedly raped by Brajo and his friends at his home during a birthday party. She returned home while bleeding excessively and died without treatment the next morning allegedly under threat. Her body was forcibly taken away by some influential persons who cremated it at an unauthorized crematorium in the village apparently to destroy evidence of the crime. The incident came to light on April 10, only after the victim’s mother lodged a police complaint with the support of a social organization, after a gap of five days since the alleged crime was committed.

On April 15, the BJP’s top leadership sent a four-member fact-finding team to Hanshkhali for an on-spot inquiry, when the team members demanded implementation of Article 355 (Union government’s intervention to protect state) and Article 356 (Union government’s direct control of the state) as they found alarming deterioration of law and order situation in the state.

The fact-finding team on April 20 submitted its report on the Hanshkhali incident to the party chief J.P. Nadda, The team has advised the party for an independent investigation transferring the case out of West Bengal. The team has also demanded to take the accused out of the state for a fair trial.

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