GUJARAT

Naliya sex racket: Panel yet to begin probe

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Four months after it was announced on the floor of the Gujarat assembly, Justice Anil Dave Commission is yet to begin its probe into Naliya rape case and alleged sex racket.

In the rape case and alleged sex racket that came to light in January, a 34-year-old from Kothara village of Naliya taluka in the border district of Kutch had accused 11 persons, including BJP men, of raping her for one and a half years. She had also claimed that some 35 other women were also targeted by more than 60 persons.

The ones who were associated with the BJP were immediately suspended by the party. While eight persons are behind the bars, two are at large and the victim was not able to identify one person and only said that he was handicapped.

Forum of Concerned Citizens for Naliya, a group of women's rights activists, various NGOs and trade unionists have been demanding justice for the rape victim and a detailed investigation into the alleged sex racket.

Meenakshi Joshi of the Forum told THE WEEK that even after four months of the announcement, the commission has not done any sitting. The commission was supposed to submit its report within three months of the first sitting.

She also demanded that in the terms of reference of the commission, investigation into the alleged sex racket should be included and not just the rape case, for which a chargesheet has been already filed.

Joshi also said that the commission should take suo moto note of the CD that was given to the deputy chief minister by the opposition leader in the state assembly. The CD had details of the alleged sex racket.

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