Army Assures Strict Action Against Accused Jawans

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Kolkata: The Army has assured strict disciplinary action against the jawans involved in the alleged gang-rape of a minor girl on the Howrah-Amritsar Express on 27 December. The accused jawan sent to the hospital for sex test, court ordered.

In a statement issued on behalf of the Army on Wednesday, the Eastern Command spokesperson in Kolkata, Wing Commander S S Birdi, has said that the Army authorities were wholeheartedly assisting the West Bengal police in the investigation.

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“The Army strongly condemns the alleged rape by jawans of a minor girl on the Howrah-Amritsar Express. Army firmly reiterates that such indiscipline by any soldier will not be tolerated. Strict disciplinary action would be taken against soldiers if involved in such acts,” the statement reads.

A 14-year old girl from Dum Dum in northern fringes of Kolkata was rescued by the Government Railway Police (GRP) from a military compartment of the Howrah-Amritsar Express at Madhupur in Jharkhand on 27 December evening and detained an Army jawan who was with her then.

Later during questioning, the girl told GRP women personnel that three jawans had raped her in turn in the train. Following this, the detained jawan was arrested, while a manhunt is on for the two other jawans who are absconding.

The arrested jawan, Manjarish Tripathi, has now been remanded to seven days police custody after he was produced before the Howrah district court yesterday. The victim girl has been handed over to her parents after a medical examination at the Howrah district hospital.

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