The Kuakonda Police, Chhattisgarh has initiated a probe regarding ‘unknown personnel’ after a complaint had been lodged about CRPF troopers allegedly molesting a group of schoolgirls on 31 July at a government hostel of a Palnaar village school, located 25 kms away from Dantewada, as per Hindustan Times.
The probe was initiated by the warden of the hostel, Draupadi Sinha.
Speaking to The Logical Indian, the police inspector of Kuakonda said, “A FIR under Section 354 IPC has been registered at the Kuakonda police station, and the investigation is underway.”
This matter came into light from a social media post by activist Himanshu Kumar.
“The Upper Collector and several other officials of the district had planned on celebrating the festival of Rakshabandhan at the school where the girls would be tying rakhis on the hands of the CRPF jawans, thus declaring them to be their protector and brothers,” his Facebook post read.
छत्तीसगढ़ में एक ज़िला है दंतेवाडा,वहाँ एक गाँव है पालनार,पालनार में लड़कियों का एक स्कूल है, इस स्कूल में हास्टल भी …
During the programme, some of the girls had gone to use the bathroom where they were allegedly molested by the CRPF in the name of frisking. The jawans had threatened the girls to keep their mouth shut while the entire incident was going on.
The traumatised girls later complained about this to their warden who took it up to higher authorities but in vain. The authorities, instead of starting a probe, scolded the girls after calling them to the CRPF camp and asked them to keep this incident to themselves.
Tribal leader Soni Sori was also called to the village for the grievance redressal of the girls, but she was not allowed to enter the school.
The Logical Indian take
Rampant human right violations almost every other day and that too from the gatekeepers of law and order themselves is disheartening to witness
It might be of some interest to the readers to know that the police, while speaking to The Logical Indian, initially mentioned that the molestation was allegedly done by CRPF jawans, but the very next minute he added that some ‘unknown personnel’ were involved in the case and that he could not be sure. This shows the corruption and the hushing up of crime that goes around in these areas.
It is ironical how a celebration of a day of sibling love turned out to be a day of horrific experience and nightmare for these girls.
The Logical Indianseverely condemns the incident and urges the concerned authorities to look into the matter and ensure an unbiased investigation.
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.