The 23-year-old photojournalist, who was allegedly gang-raped by five men at Shakti Mills on Thursday, is worried about her pictures taken by the accused getting circulated by those yet to be arrested. She has requested the police to not allow that to happen. Her mobile phone is in custody of the police.
National Commission for Women (NCW) member Nirmala Samant-Prabhavalkar said, “She asked me to request the police to ensure that her pictures taken by the accused with their mobile phones are not circulated. The accused had threatened to make the photos public if she filed a complaint with the police.”
“I entirely share her concern and, hence, requested police commissioner Satyapal Singh to keep this in mind while conducting the investigation,” Samant-Prabhavalkar, a lawyer, who is also heading NCW’s inquiry committee, added.
“Singh assured me that his department will do everything possible to prevent the circulation of the photos or video clips.” Samant-Prabhavalkar, who met Singh at his office on Saturday, also called for greater safety for women in Mumbai.
On Friday evening, Delhi-based Samant-Prabhavlkar had flown down to Mumbai and went straight to Jaslok Hospital to meet the victim.
The NCW has taken a serious note of the incident and appointed a probe panel under her chairmanship. The committee is expected to submit its interim report to the commission within 10 days. Samant-Prabhavalkar said the city police was extending necessary cooperation for the inquiry.