NHRC to conduct spot enquiry into allegations of police atrocities on students protesting against irregularities in appointments of primary teachers in West Bengal (21.03.2017)


New Delhi, 21st March, 2017

The National Human Rights Commission has asked its Director General (Investigation) to depute a senior female officer to conduct an on spot enquiry into the allegations of police brutality against the youth, including girl students, who were protesting in Kolkata on the 9th March, 2017 against the irregularities and corruption in the appointments of primary school teachers in West Bengal. He has been given two weeks to submit a report.

The Commission has given these directions after taking cognizance of a complaint by the All India Democratic Women's Association in the matter. It has observed that the allegations, if true, reveal a sad state of affairs and amount to gross violation of human rights.

Allegedly, many youth, including girl students were brutally beaten by the police. Some of them have to be hospitalized. Four girl students were arrested, locked up in the police station and remanded to magisterial custody till the 14th March, 2017. They were taken to the jail at Alipore Women Reformatory where, they were, allegedly, stripped and searched in a highly objectionable manner by the women police personnel. They were subjected to filthiest sexist abuses. The girls are under deep trauma by this horrific experience.