Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy has tasked the Women Security Wing (WSW) to supervise the investigation of a case of sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl in Mirzapur, near Bhainsa in Telangana, a day after the crime came to light. The family members of the minor alleged inaction by the Bhainsa rural police when they approached them and said that they were asked to be silent and leave to their village, without raising the issue.
The girl was initially treated at Nirmal town as Bhainsa was placed under curfew owing to communal violence that took place in the town last week.
Given her health condition, the family approached BJP district president Rama Devi, who admitted the girl at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad. According to reports, the police have registered a case against the accused and a search is ongoing.
Meanwhile, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay alleged that the police were trying to cover up the issue citing communal tensions in the town. Following the allegation and reports in the media, the DGP asked the state WSW to supervise and expedite the investigation of the case.
The DGP said that the accused should be produced before the court soon, and directed officials to identify and collect scientific evidence to ensure swift punishment.
In a statement, the DGP said that WSW would work with other departments to ensure the victim gets medical assistance and compensation to the family from the government.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) took note of the incident. Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo said, "The incident of sexual abuse of a child in Nirmal district of Telangana has come to my notice. NCPCR is taking action in this matter."
Bhainsa was in the news earlier this week as it witnessed clashes between two religious groups, after an altercation over an accident turned communal.