A woman, in her 20s, was allegedly abused, assaulted, stripped and paraded naked on a busy road by a group of men in Patna. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered state police chief DN Gautam to probe into the incidence after the opposition and women’s rights activists group created an uproar.
According to sources, the chief minister had ordered Gautam to undertake the probe on Thursday night though Inspector General (Patna zone) Sunil Kumar had already by instructed by police headquarters to conduct the inquiry.
On Thursday evening, a group of men had allegedly abused, assaulted and then stripped a woman in her 20s in full public view at a busy road.
According to reports, a police team was reportedly present at the site and watched the attack on the woman for nearly an hour before taking the culprits to the police station.
Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Neelmani said that Assistant Sub-inspector Shiv Nath Singh, who was in charge of patrolling the area, has been suspended for not helping the woman in time.
The woman was identified as resident of Jesidih, a town in the neighbouring state Jharkhand. Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Punaichak here, had lured her to Patna with a promise of providing a job to her.
Soon after she came here, Rakesh forced her to have sex with his friends. She ran away from the hotel where she had been staying with him for the last few days. However, Rakesh and his friends caught up with her and attacked her.
Police have arrested Rakesh, who is said to be involved in the flesh trade.
“Police have lodged a case against Rakesh and others on the basis of the statement of the woman,” an official said.
The state women’s commission has asked Patna Senior Superintendent of Police R. Mallar Vizhi to submit a report on the incident.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad condemned the incident and said that it shows that no government existed in the state.