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Sunday, 21 February 2021

Activist denied sexual assault charge: HSCW

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20

Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW), Panchkula, has issued a statement that labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur has denied the allegations of sexual assault on her in police custody or prison after her arrest.

According to Preeti Bhardwaj Dalal, officiating president of HSCW, the injury to her on January 12 at Kundli was on her leg. SP Sonepat’s report has also clarified the same.

“The presence of mahila police constable/s has been reported throughout — during rioting, during arrest, in police station Kundli, waiting room of police station and escort to Karnal district jail. Also, a woman Jail Deputy Superintendent is deputed at Karnal prison,” said Dalal in her statement issued on February 19.

“The victim herself refused to first undergo mandatory tests. However, not only routine medical tests, but also special medical tests were conducted on the victim by a woman doctor of Government Hospital, Sonepat,” she claimed.

She added that the allegation of the victim being denied legal aid was also not correct as alleged by the Punjab Government. “Her case is being contested by renowned advocates,” she said.

“Nodeep had categorically denied any aid from the government in the state and had shown her capability and competence in handling her concerns,” she added.

Nodeep belongs to Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan. She was arrested on January 12 from Singhu border.

from The Tribune

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