J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, seeking his comments within six weeks, on providing monetary relief for the “humiliation” of former Miss Jammu Anara Gupta, accused of indulging in prostitution but “the charge not substantiated by the State police during investigation.”

Considering reports from various police agencies and Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL), the Commission concluded that the allegation of indulging in prostitution by Ms. Gupta had not been substantiated. Even the alleged recovery of porn CD from her was doubtful. The expert opinion given by the FSL, Hyderabad, was that Ms. Gupta was not the lady who featured in the porn CD. For conclusive scientific opinion, the matter was pending in the Directorate of Forensic Science, New Delhi.

“For delay in investigation, the entire blame lies with the State and the sword keeps hanging on Anara Gupta for no fault of hers,” NHRC said.

It also referred to the registration of a criminal case by the Crime Branch at Jammu against some police officers who were responsible for the detention of Ms. Gupta and the State DGP’s letter to the NHRC this year stating that the charges against the police officers had been substantiated and sanction for their prosecution was being sought.

The Special Investigation Team, in its interim report, stated that no incriminating evidence was found to establish the offence allegedly committed by Ms. Gupta under Section 4 (living on the earnings of prostitution) of the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act.

The factum of “recovery of the incriminating CD from Ms. Gupta is also doubtful. The only question which remains to be investigated by SIT is whether she features in the seized porn CD or not,” the Commission observed.

Ms. Gupta, Miss Jammu in the year 2001, was accused of involvement in prostitution and preparation of porno film. The police registered a case against her after a raid at her residence on Nov. 3, 2004, in Jammu.