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Women groups question police role

By STAFF CORRESPONDENT

DIBRUGARH, Aug 26 - In the wake of recent incidents of women missing and reported rapes and murder of women in the district, leading women groups in the city here today questioned the effectiveness of the district administration in dealing with the cases.

Taking serious note of the delay in tracing the whereabouts of two missing women in the district, the women groups � Chetona Sanmilito Pragatishil Nari Mancha, Sangrami Pragatishil Nari Sanstha, Alok Abhiyan and Brihottor Asomiya Mahila Manch today condemned the alleged slackness of the police in locating the missing women.

The women leaders asked as to why police were not serious in investigating the missing of Rashmi Rekha Chetia from �Swardha Home� who went missing since July 25. The women groups expressed surprise that the police had not questioned a single staff member, inmate or the authorities of the �Swardha Home� from where the woman reportedly went missing.

Arpana Borah, secretary, Alok Abhiyan while addressing newsmen at Lakhsminath Bezbaroa Bhawan here alleged that police was not at all serious in looking for clues that could lead them in cracking the case. �Police has not even collected CCTV footages of �Swardha Home�. They have also refrained from questioning the Rajiv Hazarika, the chief functionary of the Home. We suspect the involvement of Rajiv Hazarika in the missing case. Police must interrogate him and other staff and inmates of the Home,� demanded Borah.

Arpana Borah also demanded that Lahoal Police make public the whereabouts of the woman missing from Lahoal since seven days. Anju Borkotoky, secretary, Chetona Sanmilito Pragatishil Nari Mancha who also spoke to the newsmen said: �Shelter Homes are not being monitored by the district administration, police and the Social Welfare department. They are not even aware that such a Home exists in Dibrugarh. The district administration and the police are partly responsible for such incidents�.

The women groups have demanded that police treat the missing cases as also the alleged rape and murder cases seriously. They have also asked the police to file chargesheet against the rape incidents before the expiry of three months. In the event of failure on the part of police and district administration, the women groups have resolved to take up matter with higher authorities.

Smrity Rekha Chetia, sister of missing Rashme Rekha Chetia, Sudokshina Das, president, Chetona Sanmilito Pragatishil Nari Mancha, Bichitra Khargoria, president, Sangrami Pragatishil Nari Sanstha and several other women leaders also expressed their ire on the incidents before the media.

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Women groups question police role

DIBRUGARH, Aug 26 - In the wake of recent incidents of women missing and reported rapes and murder of women in the district, leading women groups in the city here today questioned the effectiveness of the district administration in dealing with the cases.

Taking serious note of the delay in tracing the whereabouts of two missing women in the district, the women groups � Chetona Sanmilito Pragatishil Nari Mancha, Sangrami Pragatishil Nari Sanstha, Alok Abhiyan and Brihottor Asomiya Mahila Manch today condemned the alleged slackness of the police in locating the missing women.

The women leaders asked as to why police were not serious in investigating the missing of Rashmi Rekha Chetia from �Swardha Home� who went missing since July 25. The women groups expressed surprise that the police had not questioned a single staff member, inmate or the authorities of the �Swardha Home� from where the woman reportedly went missing.

Arpana Borah, secretary, Alok Abhiyan while addressing newsmen at Lakhsminath Bezbaroa Bhawan here alleged that police was not at all serious in looking for clues that could lead them in cracking the case. �Police has not even collected CCTV footages of �Swardha Home�. They have also refrained from questioning the Rajiv Hazarika, the chief functionary of the Home. We suspect the involvement of Rajiv Hazarika in the missing case. Police must interrogate him and other staff and inmates of the Home,� demanded Borah.

Arpana Borah also demanded that Lahoal Police make public the whereabouts of the woman missing from Lahoal since seven days. Anju Borkotoky, secretary, Chetona Sanmilito Pragatishil Nari Mancha who also spoke to the newsmen said: �Shelter Homes are not being monitored by the district administration, police and the Social Welfare department. They are not even aware that such a Home exists in Dibrugarh. The district administration and the police are partly responsible for such incidents�.

The women groups have demanded that police treat the missing cases as also the alleged rape and murder cases seriously. They have also asked the police to file chargesheet against the rape incidents before the expiry of three months. In the event of failure on the part of police and district administration, the women groups have resolved to take up matter with higher authorities.

Smrity Rekha Chetia, sister of missing Rashme Rekha Chetia, Sudokshina Das, president, Chetona Sanmilito Pragatishil Nari Mancha, Bichitra Khargoria, president, Sangrami Pragatishil Nari Sanstha and several other women leaders also expressed their ire on the incidents before the media.