Golaghat, Sept. 30: The Assam State Commission for Women today registered a suo moto case against those involved in the alleged assault and disrobing of a 38-year- old woman at Nora Gaon in Golaghat town, 300km from Guwahati, last evening.
Commission chairperson Meera Barooah told The Telegraph that the case (ASCW 232/2013) was registered this evening.
Commission members have also got in touch with police, asking them to speed up investigation.
N.K. Dohutia, the officer-in-charge of Golaghat police station, said no one was above the law.
“We have registered a case vide Golaghat PS case number 799/13 under Sections 147, 448, 325, 342, 354, 326 and 506 of the IPC. We have managed to identify some people in the mob and arrests will be made accordingly,” he said.
If convicted, the accused will have to spend at least seven years behind bars.
The police said a mob of nearly hundred, primarily women, entered the victim’s house, dragged her out in the street, disrobed her, cut her hair and assaulted her.
They kicked her, punched her and left her bleeding on the road.
Around 15-20 people, mostly women, were actively involved in the assault.
Later the police arrived at the spot, dispersed the mob and rescued the victim.
The victim’s husband filed an FIR soon after the incident.
Sources said a week ago the victim had lodged an FIR against Satpal Singh, who used to teach her minor son, alleging him of trying to outrage her modesty.
On the basis of her complaint, the police arrested Satpal Singh, who is now under judicial custody.
Satpal’s mother died yesterday reportedly because she could not bear her son’s plight.
Her demise enraged the local residents who blamed the victim.
The mob then vandalised the victim’s house in retaliation against her lodging the complaint.
Jitu Sarma Rajkhowa and Diganta Bhuyan, president and spokesperson respectively of the All Assam Journalist Union, criticised the “indecent and violent act against women in a civilised society” and demanded immediate punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.