‘Criminal Law Amendment Act not implemented’

At least 41 women with physical and mental disabilities have been sexually assaulted in the State over the past two years, a report compiled by a city-based non-governmental organisation working for differently-abled people said here on Monday.

 Based on media reports, Sruti Disability Rights Centre has compiled cases of sexual assault on differently-abled women between February 2012 and February 2014, its director Shampa Sengupta told The Hindu . The figures highlight how vulnerable this group of women are to sexual abuse, she pointed out.

 Despite this particular section of women being vulnerable, the police have failed to implement provisions of the Criminal Law Amendment Act (2013) that came into force after the December 16, 2012 gang-rape case in Delhi, Ms. Sengupta said.

 One of the clauses of the new legislation said in cases of sexual offence on a physically or mentally disabled woman the complaint would be recorded at either her (victim’s) home or wherever she is comfortable, Ms. Sengupta said.

Interpreter

The help of an interpreter or special educator should be provided while recording the compliant.

  “However, in most of the cases we see that the police are not adhering to the clause and victims are called to the police station,” she added.

Referring to the rape of a woman with both and physical and mental disabilities at Dankuni in Hooghly district last month, Ms. Sengupta said the victim and her mother were made to wait all the night at the police station to record their complaint.

Citing another example, she said in the case of a gang-rape of mentally challenged women under the Chitpur police station in the city on February 24, the police were not sure how to proceed with the investigation as the victim refused to undergo a medical test.


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