New Delhi: A National Commission for Women (NCW) team which visited Guwahati to probe the molestation of a 17-year-old girl has blamed the police in its report for reacting late and being negligent to the incident, sources said.
Meanwhile, a sub-inspector was suspended on Sunday for failing to act swiftly. The role of the TV reporter who was covering the incident is also under the scanner. Activists have accused him of instigating the mob and he has resigned to ensure a free trial. Three more suspects have been arrested in the case, taking the total number to 7.
Expressing deep concern over the "shameful" act of molestation of a teenager in Guwahati openly, NCW Chairperson Mamta Sharma has said here "the report by the NCW members would be submitted on Monday to the commission".
Action would be taken against the culprits within 10 days of the submission of the report, she told reporters.
NCW members visited the victim and personally met her on Saturday and assessed the entire situation.
Asked about NCW's strategy to check such acts of molestation and harassment against women, she said the commission takes cognizance of such matters and legal awareness camps and training programmes are being organised to address such issues.
Police had said that some girls and boys, apparently known to each other, had entered a bar in Guwahati on Monday night, where they subsequently had a brawl and were forced outside by the establishment's security.
When they came out on the streets, local people taking advantage of the situation pushed and pulled one of the girls and attempted to strip and molest her.
The incident led to a public outcry after a video of the assault, recorded by a TV channel, was uploaded on Youtube.