The recent gangrape case of a woman in an auto, who also lost her nine-month-old baby after the accused rapists threw her out, has generated a stir in the city police department. The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued (June 13) notices to the DGP of Haryana and the Gurugram police commissioner in connection with the case.

According to the notice, the Haryana DGP and Gurugram police chief have to update the commission in four week’s time about the case and about initiatives being taken by the police force to ensure safety for women in the city.

In the notice, the commission has also showed interest in knowing if a joint action programme by the law enforcing agencies of the NCR region could be planned and executed to deal with perpetrators of crimes against women and the whole issue. The commission has sought response from police commissioners of Delhi, Faridabad and SSPs of Noida and Ghaziabad regarding this.

The commission pointed out inadequacy and discrepancy in the night patrolling on city roads by the cops. However, it has not come across any direct involvement of public servants in the incident except the fact that the survivor’s complaint was not heeded by the female police officer in-charge. There seems to be an “atmosphere of fear, insecurity and uncertainty prevailing in the NCR region, especially the places like Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram etc”, the notice said.

“Ensuring safety of the citizens, specially, the women and children, is one of the prime duties of the state. It seems that some conspicuous steps are immediately required to be taken by the law enforcing agencies so that these kinds of incidents do not recur,” the NHRC said in a statement, reported TOI.

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On May 29, the 23-year-old woman, who had left home with her nine-month-old daughter following a fight with her family, was gang-raped by three men with whom she had hitched a ride in an auto. Before the woman took the auto, she had taken a lift from a truck driver, but when he tried to molest her, she got off. It was late at night and when an auto driver offered her to drop her to her destination, she got in. The auto already had two men sitting in it and once she got in, they started harassing her. As her daughter was crying, they stopped the auto near an empty ground and threw the baby out.

Then the accused — identified as Yoginder, Amit and Jaykesh — allegedly raped the woman for four hours. After the men left, the survivor searched for her baby and took her to a Gurugram hospital, where she was declared dead.

Yoginder and Amit have been arrested by the police but Jaykesh is still at large. Right after the rape, the woman also went to the police station, where she tried to file a complaint, but the lady sub-inspector of the Manesar IMT police station neglected her request. The constable has been suspended.

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