Saturday, February 18, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Women's panel slams cops, hospitals for callous treatment of Pipili victim

Women's panel slams cops, hospitals for callous treatment of Pipili victim
Rajaram Satapathy, TNN | Feb 17, 2012, 11.06PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has expressed
concern over the manner in which police and government hospitals
allegedly ill-treated the helpless 19-year old Dalit girl from Pipili,
whom miscreants had tried to murder after raping her.

The girl in coma since the incident in November is at present
undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack,
while investigation by the crime branch police is being monitored by
the high court.

"The most important factor is the failure of local police station to
register the case on the date of incident and even on November 30 when
the family lodged a written complaint. If the FIR was in place, then
all the medical institutions involved could have been alerted and the
girl would have a continuity of medical attention," the commission
said in a press release issued in New Delhi on Friday. The commission
had taken suo moto cognizance of the crime against the girl and sent
its member-secretary Anita Agnihotri to Odisha in the first week of
February to assess the situation and report back.

The commission observed: "There was complete lack of coordination
among different medical institutions beginning from Pipili primary
health centre, Capital Hospital to SCB Medical College, and the victim
of a serious alleged crime had to move several times back and forth
for her treatment. There was no system of monitoring of data relating
to transfer of a critical patient from one hospital to another leading
to complete disconnect where family had to make several journeys for
same reason." It further added: "It is not clear when the girl will be
able to resume a normal life."

The commission referred to the dismissal of the then Pipili police
station inspector and said "this should serve as a deterrent action".
It asked the state government to advise "senior most police officers
to ensure that all cases of violence against women, if reported, are
registered immediately and taken as FIR and medical evidence collected
without any delay so that the case leads to conviction". "Any delay or
inaction should be followed with immediate disciplinary action," the
commission remarked. The commission said there had been an 'increasing
tendency to refer cases relating to violence against women to Mahila
police stations. "This is against the spirit of law and should be
stopped forthwith. The directive may specifically mention that women
have their inherent right to get a case regtistered in the
jurisdictional police station and they cannot be sent anywhere else,"
it said, adding the mahila-sishu (woman-child) desk, initiated about a
decade back, should be strengthened.

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