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ASCW issues notice to SP, Cachar concerning a case of domestic violence

ASCW issues notice to SP, Cachar concerning a case of domestic violence

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Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) issued notice to the district Superintendent of Police in Cachar asking him to submit a report to the commission regarding the case. The letter signed by Monidipa Borkotoki, the member secretary of the commission said that the legal advisory committee of the ASCW heard the complaint forwarded to it by the National Commission for Women (NCW) and passed an order. The order asked for a report from the concerned SP regarding the details of the complaint and for notice to the complainant for her appearance on the next date to hear the complaints in detail for further action.
The case involves allegations of extortion and harassment of Sharmista Das, daughter of late Rishikesh Dutta, resident of Narsing Road, Shibam Apartment Ground, Ambicapatty, Silchar, (Cachar, Assam) the victim. She alleged that she and her mother had been forced to pay bribes by the police when she lodged complaints about harassment and cruelty allegedly meted out to her by her husband and other in-laws for dowry. According to the victim the cases have been registered but no effective actions have been taken. Instead, the victim alleges, they harassed her and her relatives and forced her to pay rupees 30,100.00 (thirty thousand and one hundred) and attempted to get another Rs. 50,000.00 (fifty thousand) by virtual detention and threat of dire consequences between 3 November, 2009 and 20 March, 2010.
Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) issued notice to the district Superintendent of Police in Cachar asking him to submit a report to the commission regarding the case. The letter signed by Monidipa Borkotoki, the member secretary of the commission said that the legal advisory committee of the ASCW heard the complaint forwarded to it by the National Commission for Women (NCW) and passed an order. The order asked for a report from the concerned SP regarding the details of the complaint and for notice to the complainant for her appearance on the next date to hear the complaints in detail for further action.
The case involves allegations of extortion and harassment of Sharmista Das, daughter of late Rishikesh Dutta, resident of Narsing Road, Shibam Apartment Ground, Ambicapatty, Silchar, (Cachar, Assam) the victim. She alleged that she and her mother had been forced to pay bribes by the police when she lodged complaints about harassment and cruelty allegedly meted out to her by her husband and other in-laws for dowry. According to the victim the cases have been registered but no effective actions have been taken. Instead, the victim alleges, they harassed her and her relatives and forced her to pay rupees 30,100.00 (thirty thousand and one hundred) and attempted to get another Rs. 50,000.00 (fifty thousand) by virtual detention and threat of dire consequences between 3 November, 2009 and 20 March, 2010.

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Press Statement
For immediate release3 May, 2011, Silchar 
Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) issued notice to the district Superintendent of Police inCachar asking him to submit a report to the commission regarding the case. The letter signed by MonidipaBorkotoki, the member secretary of the commission said that the legal advisory committee of the ASCWheard the complaint forwarded to it by the National Commission for Women (NCW) and passed an order.The order asked for a report from the concerned SP regarding the details of the complaint and for notice tothe complainant for her appearance on the next date to hear the complaints in detail for further action.The case involves allegations of extortion and harassment of Sharmista Das, daughter of late RishikeshDutta, resident of Narsing Road, Shibam Apartment Ground, Ambicapatty, Silchar, (Cachar, Assam) thevictim. She alleged that she and her mother had been forced to pay bribes by the police when she lodgedcomplaints about harassment and cruelty allegedly meted out to her by her husband and other in-laws for dowry. According to the victim the cases have been registered but no effective actions have been taken.Instead, the victim alleges, they harassed her and her relatives and forced her to pay rupees 30,100.00 (thirtythousand and one hundred) and attempted to get another Rs. 50,000.00 (fifty thousand) by virtual detentionand threat of dire consequences between 3 November, 2009 and 20 March, 2010. (See the details here
 
)Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) documented the case and wrote to the authoritiesincluding the NCW urging for their intervention for the sake of justice. No information was received byBHRPC after several reminders, except a letter from the NCW that the case was forwarded to the ASCW. Inresponse of BHRPC letter dated 28 March 2011 the ASCW informed about the order of their legal advisorycommittee and notice to the SP.According to BHRPC the action of the ASCW is a good gesture but too late and too little.In a letter to the member-secretary fo the ASCW BHRPC stated that the complaint of the victim involvesthree cases vide 1. Silchar PS Case No. 2126/2009 dated 3 November, 2009 under section 498A of theIndian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC), 2. Silchar PS Case No. 509/10 under sections 379 and 406, IPC, 3. Case No.155 M/2010 in the Court of Executive Magistrate under section 94 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973(CrPC) and serious allegations of extortion and forcing the victim to pay bribes. But the ASCW asked for reports concerning only one case, viz., Silchar PS Case No. 2126/2009. BHRPC is doubtful whether this partial inquiry can reveal the whole truth. More importantly an independent inquiry should be conductedinto the allegations of extortion and harassment of the victim by the investigating officers of the police.BHRPC also wrote that police in Assam often disregards the proviso to sub-section (1) of section 160 of theCrPC while conducting investigation/inquiry. The proviso says “
that no male person under the age of fifteen

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