16 persons, including a local RJD activist, arrested and eight policemen suspended
National Commission for Women, NCW today sought action taken report from Bihar Police over an incident where a woman was allegedly thrashed by a mob in the state.
The Commission has written to state Director Gneral of Police for investigation and also directed him to apprise it of detailed action taken in the matter at the earliest.
The NCW has also taken serious note of the fact that no arrests have been made till now even after many photos and videos have been circulated on social media.
The mob stripped, thrashed and paraded a woman naked in Arrah yesterday on suspicion of her involvement in the murder of a young man.
बिहार के आरा में एक जगह है बिहियां। वहां भीड़ ने कल एक औरत को वस्त्रहीन कर उसका जुलूस निकाला। हम किस पाशविक दौर में हैं, सोच कर ही सिहरन होती है। बिहार, तुमसे नाता होने की वजह से इस वक़्त हम शर्मिंदा हैं। #ShameOnYouBihar #ShameOnYou @NitishKumar @yadavtejashwi @Dipankar_cpiml pic.twitter.com/xlxxD8Ixoh
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MEANWHILE 16 persons, including a local RJD activist, have been arrested and eight policemen suspended after a women was assaulted and paraded naked in the state’s Bhojpur district by a mob on suspicion of her involvement in alleged murder of a man, officials said on Tuesday.
Violence had rocked the main market area of Bihiya block of the district, about 60 kilometres from the state capital, after the body of 19-year-old Vimalesh Sah, who had gone missing on Sunday, was found adjacent to a railway track on Monday morning, Bhojpur Superintendent of Police Avakash Kumar said.
Residents of Sah’s native village Damodarpur had rushed to the spot upon hearing the news and some of them suspected that those living in a red light area nearby could have strangled the youth to death, police said.
The villagers set ablaze a number of shops in the market area and assaulted many local residents, police said.
As the mob frenzy continued, one of them dragged the woman out on street, ripped off her clothes and paraded her naked while kicking and slapping her and hurling abuses, Kumar said.
He said those arrested include a local RJD activist Kaushal Kishore Yadav, who was allegedly leading he mob.
Those placed under suspension are the SHO of Bihiya police station and the inspector in-charge of GRP police station, the SP said.
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The frenzied mob had also hurled stones at a train that was passing through the area, before a police team arrived and quelled the violence.
Kumar said FIRs have been lodged at the Bihiya police station in connection with Sah’s murder, the arson and vandalism by the mob and outraging of the women’s modesty.
The incident also triggered sharp reactions from the opposition parties with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav demanding resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleging lawlessness in the state. He also demanded immediate measures to improve law and order situation in the state and to ensure safety and security of women.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ally Hindustani Awam Morcha’s chief and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also alleged law and order has collapsed in Bihar and said the state deserved President’s Rule.