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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 879

Outrage over rape, murder of 3 sisters in Maharashtra

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 22 February (Asiantribune.com) :

In the wake of outrage over the alleged rape and murder of three minor girls in Maharashtra's Bhandara district, the Centre on Thursday sought from the state government all details of the gruesome incident.

"We have asked the Maharashtra government to send a report about the unfortunate incident," Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told reporters .

The home ministry has asked the Maharashtra DGP to send the report on the incident in Bhandara district where bodies of the girls, all below 11 years and missing since February 14, were found in a well in their native village on February 16.

"Policing is a state subject. But our government is committed to safety of women," Singh said.

Though police initially registered a case of accidental death, postmortem conducted on Wednesday at Bhandara confirmed sexual abuse and murder, police said.

The incident came just two months after the brutal gang-rape of a girl in Delhi which led to massive protests across the country.

The National Human Rights Commission too on Thursday issued a notice to Maharashtra government asking it to submit a report on the alleged rape and murder of three minor sisters. Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report in this regard, the commission issued the notice to the state chief secretary seeking the report within four weeks.

"They belong to a poor family. Quoting the villagers, the media report said that the post-mortem of the bodies was done only when they protested," the NHRC said in a statement.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) demanded death sentence for the rapists of three minor sisters as it pushed for expeditious passage of the bill on crime against women.

"It is unacceptable. All of us have to hang our heads in shame ... is there anything short of capital punishment which should be given to them," Heavy Industries Minister and NCP leader Praful Patel told reporters outside Parliament.

Responding to questions on differences among political parties on certain provisions of the ordinance which seeks to enhance punishment for crime against women, Patel said strong laws were required to deal with the problem. "It has to be with consensus ... after what has happened in Delhi, the nation has awakened to this new reality," he said.

- Asian Tribune -

The case has provoked fresh outrage in India which has seen a sharp increase in rape and sexual violence cases reported since the Delhi bus gang-rape case in December
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