Assam molestation: HC rejects reporterís bail plea

The Gauhati High Court on Thursday rejected an interim bail petition filed by Gaurav Jyoti Neog, the TV reporter accused of orchestrating the molestation of a woman in the streets of Guwahati on July 9.

Justice CR Sarma, while rejecting Neog's interim bail petition, directed the police to submit the court the case diary relating to the incident that was with the Bhangagarh police station here. Neog, the NewsLive reporter who had extensively shot the molestation and assault of the woman by a group of people for about 45 minutes, has already resigned from his channel. NewsLive editor-in-chief Atanu Bhuyan too has quit, complaining that he was afraid there would be no fair probe especially Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi made some remarks about his reporter.

Senior Congress legislator Amiya Gogoi on Thursday stated on the floor of the state assembly here that women and girls should be careful in choosing what to wear, especially in public places so that they do not invite trouble.

"I would also blame the guardians and parents. I often see girls moving around in short skirts and pants. This is not good," the legislator said outside the House.

A group of NGOs and women's rights groups asked the Assam CM to take steps to sensitise the state police on gender issues. "The police need to be sensitised on issues of gender so that they are able to handle (such) cases effectively," a delegation of the NGOs said.

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