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CSWO urges action against BSF official
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 13:
Published on 14 Jul. 2009 12:39 AM IST
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The Civil Society Women's Organisation (CSWO) today urged the Meghalaya Women's Commission to take action against a Border Security Force (BSF) official for allegedly assaulting four tribal Khasi women inside a camp. The CSWO demanded the arrest of BSF 121 Battalion Company Commander Abdesh Kumar Sharma, the prime accused in the assault case. ''We want the Women's Commission to take action against the BSF official for his unprofessional and sadistic behaviour,'' CSWO chairperson Agnes Kharshiing said. On July 10, the BSF picked up four women - Thin Khongshlin (72), Bansor Pohti (60), Ruby Ryngksai (29) and Lucy Tynsong (18) – on charges of attempting to cross over to Sylhet district in Bangladesh through Yiar Bamon area in the state's East Khasi Hills district. Sources, however, claimed said that the four women were moving towards the cultivable land bordering the porous Indo-Bangladesh border. ''The four women were taken to the Latang BSF camp by Sharma. At the camp, they were beaten up and forced to confess that they had come over from Bangladesh,'' the CSWO said in an FIR lodged against Sharma at Dawki police station, bordering Bangladesh. The women's group also alleged that the BSF official had even burnt the clothes of the four which they carried for washing. ''This is a clear case of blatant disrespect for the modesty of women. The wrongful confinement of the women by the BSF officer in the camp and the assaults on them without any reason should be investigated properly,'' CSWO said. However, the BSF maintained that the four women were intercepted at Yiar Bamon area while attempting to cross-over to the Sylhet district in Bangladesh. ''We took them to the camp for questioning, but did not assault them,'' BSF spokesman Ravi Gandhi said. A departmental inquiry into the alleged assault of the women by BSF is already on, besides the removal of the Company Commander, to ensure an impartial probe. Meanwhile, of the four women who bore injury marks on their bodies, two of them were allegedly assaulted so severely that they could no longer walk on their own. Woman tourist murdered A woman tourist was found murdered in a reserve forest near Elephant's Falls near the Eastern Air Headquarters here, police said today. However, the Meghalaya police are yet to establish the identity of the victim. On July 10, police found an unidentified woman's body with a slit injury on her throat. Police said the murdered woman was suspected to be a tourist from Assam. ''From her appearance, the victim, who had a fair complexion, looked like an Assamese and we have informed the Assam police about the incident for necessary action on their part,'' East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of Police LB Rapthap said. Intriguingly, the gold-plated bangles, finger rings and necklace of the victim were found intact on her body. The body has been sent to Shillong Civil Hospital morgue for post-mortem.

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