40 tribal women complain of molestation by Jawans

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Raipur: Nearly 40 tribal women from three villages in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh have accused police jawans of molestation. The women belong to Peddagelur, Budgicheru and Gundam villages of Basaguda block.

Soni Sori, tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party leader, who visited the villages with a team of woman activists, said the harassment took place when security forces from Bijapur were carrying out an operation in the area between October 19 and 24.

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“The women told us that around 40 of them were molested by the policemen. Two of them said they were raped. The policemen stripped many women and indulged in indecent behaviour,” Ms. Sori told.

District collector Mr. Kumar confirmed that he had received complaints from the four women, but denied there were allegations of rape. “We took statements from the four women and they have complained of beating by the policemen. An FIR has been lodged. Inquiry is going on and strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty.

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