Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bhopal gangrape: HC takes suo motu note on ‘junked’ medical report

Taking a suo motu cognizance on media reports related to the "junked" medical examination report in the Bhopal gangrape case which said the sexual act on the girl was committed "with her consent and will", the Madhya Pradesh high court has registered a case and issued notices to the chief secretary (CS) and the director general of police (DGP). Chief justice of Madhya Pradesh high court Hemant Gupta has desired to put up the matter suo motu.

Apart from the CS and the DGP, the principal secretary (home), principal secretary (public health and family welfare), IG and SP of Bhopal police have also been made respondents in the case (referred to as WP 1932/2017).

Meanwhile, DGP R K Shukla has asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to submit its report at the earliest. The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) too had recommended penal action against policemen found accountable for the delayed FIR in the case.

Earlier on Friday, the Madhya Pradesh administration served show-cause notices to two women doctors over the medical examination report which said the sexual act was committed "with the girl's consent and will".

The report, prepared by the doctors at Sultania Lady Hospital, termed the 19-year-old UPSC aspirant as an "accused" instead of "survivor". Bhopal divisional commissioner served notices to two doctors — Dr Khushbhu Gajbhiye and Dr Sanyogita — asking them to furnish their replies within three days notwithstanding their claim that it was an "inadvertent" mistake.

Investigating officers said the "junked" report had errors, but also confirmed that the woman was sexually assaulted.

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