Ensure severest punishment: Chouhan on hostel rape case

BHOPAL: Shocked by the rape of a deaf-mute teenager and sexual abuse of other inmates at a government-funded hostel, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday directed the home department and DGP to ensure “severest punishment” to the perpetrators.
The main accused, hostel director Ashwini Sharma, was produced in court on Friday and remanded in three days’ police custody. No lawyer agreed to appear for him.
A special investigating team — under SP South Rahul Lodha and comprising two additional SPs and two CSPs — has been set up to probe the hostel sexual abuse. “Twenty-one girls have stayed in the private hostel run by Ashwini Sharma over a period of three years. One of the tasks of the SIT is to enquire if any other girl faced similar torture. In the meantime, if any other complaint is received, prompt action will be taken,” Lodha told TOI.
PCC chief Kamal Nath trained his guns on the CM. Posting a picture of Chouhan at an Adivasi meet, Kamal Nath tweeted: “Already having taken the lead in rapes in the country, now girls’ hostels are no longer secure. Like the incidents in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Devariya in Uttar Pradesh, the incident in Madhya Pradesh has left the state red-faced. A probe should be conducted in every students’ hostel to ensure the safety of girls. But oblivious to the incident, the chief minister is busy dancing.”
The rape accused Ashwini Sharma being produced in court in Bhopal