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Plea to make Assam safe

Guwahati, July 16: The All India Mahila Congress, while blaming police lapses for the July 9 GS Road molestation case, has urged chief minister Tarun Gogoi to make Assam a “safe” place for women.

Mahila Congress secretary Poonam Rani Wangkhem, who is in charge of Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim, made the appeal before going to meet Gogoi with the victim this evening.

“We strongly condemn the incident and have requested the chief minister to make Assam a safe place for women. There were police lapses. Even the chief minister agrees to it. He has taken very serious note of the incident and has even suspended an sub-inspector. He has also assured action against the TV reporter and the TV editor for tweeting against women. We would like the culprits to be treated like the victim,” Wangkhem told reporters.

Having met the victim for an hour yesterday, Wangkhem claimed the girl was absolutely normal and carried no scars as she has been counselled properly but wanted her privacy protected.

This is in sharp contrast to the National Commission for Women’s observation on Saturday that the victim had been stubbed with cigarette butts and was traumatised. The NCW team even left without meeting Gogoi or collecting evidence (video footage) from rights activist Akhil Gogoi.

“I have no comments to offer on NCW. As far as we are concerned, we want to provide the best we can to help the victim. The chief minister is actively considering her request for help. Social welfare minister Akon Bora has offered her Rs 50,000,” Wangkhem said, adding that she would submit a detailed report to AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

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