NHRC notice on school turning away gangrape victim

NHRC notice on school turning away gangrape victim

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh government over a Dalit girl being allegedly denied admission in school because she was a gangrape victim.

"A notice has been issued to Uttar Pradesh chief secretary and the director general of police to give reports within four weeks into the allegations that a Dalit girl was denied admission in a village school in Bijnor district, as she was the victim of a gangrape," said a NHRC statement.

According to news reports, the accused who gangraped the 14-year old Dalit girl made a video of the crime and circulated it.

The school management refused to admit her saying that parents of the other students had threatened to withdraw their wards if she was given admission, reports said.

The commission observed that the media report, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights.

The apex human rights body asked the authorities to inform as to what action had been taken against the accused under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.