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New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of media report that a minor girl was assaulted, tonsured and paraded naked after having been dragged out from her house by six persons in Araria district in Bihar on August 31, 2018. Her tormentors allegedly also tried to mutilate her private parts. The news report carried another story in the box stating that after Muzaffarpur and Patna, a shelter home in Begusarai district in Bihar has come under the scanner where one of its residents tried to commit suicide by consuming glass pieces on September 2, 2018.

The NHRC has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Bihar, calling for a detailed/factual report on both the incidents mentioned in the news report. The Commission would also like to know as to what is the action plan of the State Government to deal with such shameful incidents. The response is expected within four weeks, according to an NHRC release.

While issuing the notices, the Commission noted that recently it had taken suo motu cognizance of another incident in which a woman was paraded naked at village Bihia in Bhojpur district of the State. A report in the matter is awaited from the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police.

It has also observed that the repeated occurrence of such incidents in the state indicate that there is an immediate need for the law enforcing agencies to be more active, vigilant and attentive with a zeal to stop such disgraceful incidents tarnishing the image of the state and the country. The Additional General of Police, Headquarters, Bihar, has been reported claiming that there is a decline in the violent incidents against women but the news reports are telling a different story raising serious issues of violation of human rights of the innocent victims, especially minor girls and the women.

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