5th February 2008
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
New Delhi 110 001
Both, the electronic and print media have brought to our attention, the shocking incident of gang rape of a young girl by her Professors in the Primary Teachers Training College at Patan, in North Gujarat.
The very thought that such a dastardly act could take place, is revolting.
Apparently, according to media reports, there are about ninety-eight girls from the institution who have come forward and provided incidents of sexual harassment and exploitation.
All this, we feel, is clearly in violation of human rights and human dignity. It becomes all the more odious when these things happen in a centre of learning.
We therefore petition National Human Rights Commission to act expeditiously in this matter to ensure that the Government of Gujarat immediately dismisses from service all those responsible for these heinous acts and that you also urge the Judiciary to take this case in its fast-track Court so that justice is meted to the perpetrators of this crime.
We await your response.
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
(A Centre for Human Rights, Justice & Peace)
Hillnagar, Drive-in Road
Ahmedabad 380 052
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