Protests in Nashik af­ter rape of tribal girl

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Vaishali Bala­ji­wale NASHIK

Or­gan­i­sa­tions staged an ag­i­ta­tion at the Tribal Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion­er­ate at Nashik on Satur­day de­mand­ing the sus­pen­sion of se­nior of­fi­cials of tribal devel­op­ment in con­nec­tion with the rape of an 18- year- old tribal girl. Th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions in­cluded the BJP, Ch­ha­tra Bharati, Ma­ha­rash­tra And­hashrad­dha Nir­moolan Samiti, Adi­vasi Ma­hadev Koli Vikas Sang­hatana amongst oth­ers.

The girl bwas al­legedly raped by four peo­ple on De­cem­ber 23. She filed a case with the Sur­gana po­lice on De­cem­ber 27 and had said that the de­lay in do­ing so was be­cause she had been threat­ened against in­form­ing the po­lice. While ac­tion was taken against the head­mas­ter of the school, the ag­i­tat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions de­manded that se­nior of­fi­cials be sus­pended and proper in­fra­struc­ture be pro­vided.

The BJP protest was led by MP Har­ishchan­dra Cha­van who said, “In­suf­fi­cient in­fra­struc­ture and va­cant posts at tribal schools have al­ways been a mat­ter of con­cern. For the long­est time, we have been de­mand­ing the ful­fill­ment of th­ese but this time it came at a heavy cost.” Prab­hakar Vaichale, district pres­i­dent of Ch­ha­tra Bharati said, “The cul­prits need to be pun­ished and the of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble should be sus­pended.”

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