Saturday, May 26, 2012

University student gangrape: SC/ST panel for trial by fast track court
Sonipat: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (NCSC/ST) has demanded transfer of the case pertaining to the gangrape of a first year LLB student of BPS Women's University at Khanpur Kalan in Sonipat to a fast track court for speedy trail and justice to the victim girl.

Commission member Lata Priya Kumar, who was leading a five-member team, however, expressed satisfaction over the swift police action to nab the accused. "We have interacted with the victim girl, who was staying with her mother and other hostel mates at the hostel after the incident. She appears to be recovering from the shock and trauma. It's important that the culprits get punishment for their crime. The case should be shifted to a fast track court so that the victim gets justice as early as possible", Kumar told mediapersons here on Friday evening.

Earlier, the commission team held lengthy meetings with varsity authorities, including vice-chancellor Pankaj Mittal, pro-vice-chancellor Balbir Kaur and registrar Asha Kadian at the varsity. The team members also discussed the matter with deputy commissioner, Pankaj Aggarwal and SSP Arun Singh at the PWD rest house, Sonipat and asked the district administration to take steps to ensure safety and security of the students.

"I have given certain suggestions, including issue of photo identity cards and police verification of employees engaged on casual or regular basis and other precautionary measures to the university authorities. We have also asked police to depute officials for organizing awareness programmes at the university premises to acquaint the students with tackling problems like eve-teasing and sexual harassment and to instill a sense of security among girls".

Meanwhile, the varsity has announced resumption of examinations from May 28, which were postponed in view of the students' agitation over the gangrape incident.

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