Rights panel trouble for Kakoli

Kakoli ghosh Dastidar

HRC directs Kolkata Police chief to submit report in 3 weeks for Park Street remark

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on Wednesday took a suo motu cognizance of Trinamool Congress MP Kakaoi Ghosh Dastidar's remark about the Park Street rape case in which she had said that it was not a rape but a "misunderstanding between the woman and her clients".

The remark had sparked an outrage across the nation amid the national outcry for stringiest legislations against rape accused.

Th commission has directed Kolkata Police Commissioner R K Pachnanda to submit a report in three weeks after going through the video containing the Dastidar's comment that she made to CNN-IBN, a private TV news channel.

"There are three points in the order of the commission. The commission has instructed the police commissioner to submit a detailed report on the status of the case. A report on whether the prime accused is arrested yet. And the commission has also directed the police to watch the clip of Dastidar's comment and write his views in the report. The clips should be attached with the report and it has to be submitted in three weeks," said the official.

On December 29, Dastidar while speaking to the news said the Park Street gangrape incident was "the result of a misunderstanding between the lady and her clients". "If you're referring to the Park Street rape, see that is a different case altogether that was not at all a rape case. It was a misunderstanding between the two parties involved between a lady and her client. This was not a rape," she was quoted saying to the news channel.

The Trinamool MP also defended her party leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's handling of the case. Mamata too was criticised after she described the February 5 incident as fabricated and an attempt to malign her government within hours after incident came to light. She was left red faced after the police probed the case and arrested a group of men on rape charges.

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