CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notice on a writ petition praying for a direction to government to take action against a constable in Hosur, who allegedly sexually abused two Rajasthani women and molested their two children. The petition sought a compensation of `5 lakh each to the victims.
The first bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, before which the PIL from U Vasuki, vice-president of TN unit of the All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA), came up for hearing, ordered notice to the authorities concerned.
According to the petitioner, the two Rajasthani women, who were selling plastic wares at the Hosur bus stand, were picked up by a constable on October 8 and taken to Hosur outpost police control room. The cop allegedly stripped the two women and the two children and sexually abused them. They were taken to Shoolagiri police station the next day (October 9) for interrogation by the ASP, Hosur. The policeman concerned was suspended and another cop transferred. But no case was registered, the petitioner contended.
Petitioner lodged a complaint with the National Commission for Women (NCW) on October 17. The NCW constituted a team and fixed October 24 as the date for holding enquiry. However, following a submission by the Krishnagiri police that the victims were missing and that they could not be traced, the team cancelled its visit.
Hence, the present PIL was filed seeking to transfer the probe to the CB-CID, to enforce all relevant provisions.