NCW and apex child rights body raise safety concerns, demand inquiry in incidents of violence in West Bengal | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women has taken suo motu cognizance of incidents of violence against women in West Bengal post elections and written to the director general of police of the state asking for a timebound investigation and arrest of the accused persons.
NCW chief Rekha Sharma along with her team will be visiting the state for further inquiry. In a statement on Twitter, NCW posted that they were “deeply perturbed by this incident as it questions the safety and security of women in the state. The Commission has written to DGP West Bengal for immediate action and arrest the accused persons without any delay. nCW has sought a time-bound investigation in the matter. A team headed by Chairperson @sharmarekha will be visiting West Bengal for further inquiry.”
The NCW in a press statement said that the Commission has come across several posts on Twitter wherein some goons can be seen beating up women in Nandigram post elections. In this backdrop, the NCW chief has written to the DGP of West Bengal asking for immediate action and arrest of accused persons without any delay.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights too has raised concern regarding safety and security of children in a letter to the home secretary of West Bengal.
The NCPCR has said that since the conclusion of elections, there are many incidents of violence being reported across the state “which has made the people in the state vulnerable and at imminent risk of harm, especially children”.
The Commission has received a complaint concerning the safety and security of children in the state in these present incidents of violence.
In his letter, NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo has said that “the complainant has stated that during this widespread attack against the people in the state, the children are being targeted and are being subjected to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. The complainant has also stated that many children are part of this violence and have in fact been recruited to participate in these incidents of violence.”
In this backdrop, the Commission has sought an inquiry into these incidents of violence with regard to the safety and well-being of children.
“Further, as the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 provides for punitive punishment for using children for illegal activities, it is requested that an inquiry must also be conducted with regard to the children being used to participate in this violence as well,” Kanoongo states. The NCPCR has sought an action taken report within seven days.

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