Women victims of Gorkhaland agitation threatened: NCW

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New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) The National Commission for Women (NCW), which recently visited Darjeeling to examine womens condition in the region, on Friday said that the female victims were threatened not to interact with the team.

The NCW team, which was led by acting Chairperson Rekha Sharma, submitted its ‘Inquiry Report’ on Darjeeling agitation to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“Innocent civilians including women were implicated under a large number of cases and are

languishing in jails or out on bail. There were a number of women, each of whom had over

10 to 15 different charges against them, aged women and children have been affected the most,” said the NCW in a statement.

The Inquiry Report looked into atrocities against women, especially by the West Bengal administration during the Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong that lasted from July 8 to November 17 last year.

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The two-member committee, which visited the hills last month, examined the complaints received from several civil society organisations about the deplorable plight of women post the indefinite strike in Darjeeling town that last for 105 days.

Apart from the women victims being threatened, according to NCW, the committee found that the administration was hostile and non-supportive of the inquiry, with most of the officials were either on leave or refused to meet the Inquiry Committee.

“The civilians are living in a state of complete fear, trauma and helplessness. Many have

developed psychological issues, especially anxiety, post the strike, and almost all the complaints highlighted atrocities committed by the police who have occupied civilian houses and one primary school in Mirik,” it added.

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In the Inquiry Report, NCW suggested immediate medical and psycho-social counselling and intervention to the women victims.

“The cases of specific women victims needs to be taken up by the state government to provide immediate relief. Proper inquiry should be conducted in cases where women are implicated as criminals and languishing in jails or have to visit courts frequently because of a large number of cases against them,” it said.



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