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Maha boils over over rape, murder of 3 sisters, Centre seeks report

In the wake of outrage over the alleged rape and murder of three minor girls in Maharashtra’s Bhandara district, the Centre on Thursday sought from the state government all details of the gruesome incident.

‘We have asked the Maharashtra government to send a report about the unfortunate incident,’ minister of state for home RPN Singh told reporters here.

The home ministry has asked the Maharashtra DGP to send the report on the incident in Bhandara district where bodies of the girls, all below 11 years and missing since 14 February, were found in a well in their native village on 16 February.

‘Policing is a state subject. But our government is committed to safety of women,’ Singh said.

Though police initially registered a case of accidental death, postmortem conducted on Wednesday at Bhandara confirmed sexual abuse and murder, police said.

The incident came just two months after the brutal gang rape of a girl in Delhi which led to massive protests across the country.

The National Human Rights Commission too on Thursday issued a notice to Maharashtra government asking it to submit a report on the alleged rape and murder of three minor sisters.

Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report in this regard, the commission issued the notice to the state chief secretary seeking the report within four weeks.

The three minor sisters, all below 11 years and missing since 14 February, were allegedly raped and murdered at Murwadi village in the district.

A case was registered under relevant sections of IPC against unidentified persons.

‘They belong to a poor family. Quoting the villagers, the media report said that the post-mortem of the bodies was done only when they protested,’ the NHRC said in a statement.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday demanded death sentence for the rapists of three minor sisters as it pushed for expeditious passage of the bill on crime against women.

‘It is unacceptable. All of us have to hang our heads in shame ... is there anything short of capital punishment which should be given to them,’ heavy industries minister and NCP leader Praful Patel told reporters outside Parliament.

Patel was referring to the rape-cum-murder of three minor sisters in Bhandara district of Maharashtra a couple of days ago.

Responding to questions on differences among political parties on certain provisions of the ordinance which seeks to enhance punishment for crime against women, Patel said strong laws were required to deal with the problem.

‘It has to be with consensus ... after what has happened in Delhi, the nation has awakened to this new reality,’ he said.

When asked about reservations being expressed by political parties on provisions of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated earlier this month, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said views of various quarters would be incorporated when a fresh bill replaces the ordinance.

‘I can’t understand why people try to confuse issues. Ordinance is an ordinance. It has to be replaced by a bill in Parliament ... it (the bill) will perhaps have additionalities that public minded persons, activists, political parties believe need to be included,’ he said, adding modifications to the existing provisions can also be made.
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