CBI probe sought into attack on women in village

The demand for an independent probe into alleged atrocities against farmers of Uttar Pradesh’s Bhatta-Parsaul village intensified yesterday as the National Commission for Women (NCW) slammed the state government for molestation and rape of village women.
The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), effectively supporting the claims of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, demanded a judicial probe.
Yasmeen Abrar, acting chairperson of the women’s commission demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incidents after a visit by its team to the affected areas.
“We have prepared a preliminary report which states that the women in the village have been molested and sexually assaulted. There are allegations that they have been raped but it could be confirmed only after all the investigations are over,” Abrar said.
The village in Greater Noida, near the Indian capital, has become the epicentre of the movement against land acquisition for an expressway project.
A protest on May 7 turned violent claiming the lives of four people, including two policemen.
An NCW team which visited the village on May 12 saw ransacked homes, horrified women, hungry and helpless children and bones of human beings lying in the ashes on the ground.
“There are bones of human beings lying with the ashes of burnt bodies. The family members of the villagers have been burnt alive. The burnt houses bear the marks of flames on the walls. Villagers, especially women, are not just broken, but terrified,” said Abrar.
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said the original problem of the farmers was being overlooked in the controversy created by Gandhi’s allegations about rape of women and discovery of bones in ashes, which have been denied by the government of Chief Minister Mayawati.
“The NCW is a statutory body, they have found some facts and given a report, but what we are asking for is an independent inquiry. We are demanding a judicial inquiry in the action done by the state government,” Sitharaman said.
Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi also favoured a judicial probe. “A judicial inquiry will find precisely that (facts),” Singhvi said.
The NCW team visited Bhatta-Parsaul after a delegation of villagers met its officials and alleged rape, molestation and sexual assault of women by policemen. The report will be given to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Abrar said she did not believe in the forensic report of the state government which denied the presence of any human bones in the heaps of ashes in the village. “We have got certain proofs and pictures, which we cannot disclose now, to prove it.”



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