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Jalgaon hostel girls allegedly stripped, forced to dance by cops; Maharashtra govt orders probe

In a shocking incident, the girls of a hostel in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district were allegedly stripped down and forced to dance by the police. 

Following a local NGO’s complaint on Tuesday to the District Collector, the incident was brought to light and gained the attention of the Maharashtra government.  

As such, the state directed the formation of a 4-member high-level team to investigate the case further and furnish a report within 2 days, according to Anil Deshmukh, the Home Minister who announced the same on Wednesday.  

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Reports say that the incident took place in Ashadeep Women’s Hostel situated in Jalgaon. A few girls of the hostel said that people who didn’t belong to the facility and policemen were permitted to enter the hostel for “probing” some matter. After this, the cops forced the girls to strip and dance for them.  

A video showing the atrocious crime has also surfaced. 

Mr Deshmukh’s announcement in the State Assembly came after the opposition parties spoke about the issue. BJP made all attempts to slam the Shiv Sena-led government as Sudhir Mungantiwar, a party leader, attacked them and hinted that the government wasn’t serious regarding the matter.  

“It is a very unfortunate incident. A four-member high-level committee of officials has been formed to conduct a probe into it… they have been asked to submit a report in two days. Action will be taken as per rules after the report is submitted,” Mr Deshmukh said. 

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However, before this, Mungantiwar said that the government wasn’t taking the issue seriously as it was only jotting down the incident. While calling for stricter action, the BJP leader further targeted the state government. 

In response to the criticism, Mr Deshmukh said, “All information about the incident is being taken. The entire video recording and other documents are sought and statements are being recorded.” He added that after collection the details, strict action will be carried out against the guilty.  

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However, this did not go down well with Mungantiwar as he questioned them and said the police already has the information necessary regarding the incident.  

“…if the police machinery is not going to take information after spending ₹ 15,000 crores, why this government (is required then)?” the BJP leader said.  

Meanwhile, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis went ahead to say that a video clip of the incident is already available and that things would be different if it was just a news report without any evidence.  

“The video clip of a girl being forced to dance after stripping her is a serious matter. Our expectation is that you take immediate action sensitively,” the leader of BJP said. 

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On the other hand, Yashomati Thakur, Maharashtra Women and Child Development Minister said that anyone found guilty in the crime will be punished.  

“I have not seen the video. But I assure you that nobody will be spared, strict action will be taken. The Home Minister has ordered a probe and I am personally looking into it too,” she said. 

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