The West Bengal Human Rights Commission has directed the Police Commissioner of Kolkata to conduct an inquiry into alleged molestation of a girl in a bus on Thursday.

‘Report in two weeks’

“The Commission asked the Commissioner, Kolkata Police, to conduct an inquiry by a senior police officer and submit the report within two weeks,” Joint Secretary of the Commission Sujay Halder told The Hindu here on Friday.

The girl, a student of Rajabazar Science College, was allegedly molested inside a bus on her way to college. On reaching the college she broke down in tears and narrated the incident to her friends.

The incident triggered angry protests as around 250 students held up traffic for hours, demanding more security for women in public places.

Describing the incident as “grievous”, officials of the Commission expressed their anxiety over it happening in broad daylight. The Commission has also asked the investigating officer to make “specific comments” and include them in the report to be submitted to the Commission.

Senior police officers have maintained that though a complaint has been registered by the college students’ union, the girl has refused to come forward as she did not want to divulge her identity.