Mob attacks woman: Commission slaps fine on five people

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Malappuram, Kerala, Oct 25 (UNI) Kerala Human Rights Commission today slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 each on five people after prima facie finding them guilty of brutally attacking a woman in mob violence at Edappal on October 8 in this district.

Briefing newspersons, after conducting a hearing on the attack, Commission Acting Chairman V P Mohan Kumar said the amount collected from the accused would be deposited in a bank account to be operated by a revenue officer.

The interest accrued from the account would be utilised for the day-to-day expenses of Jyoti, a gypsy woman from Tamil Nadu and two of her companions, who faced the mob fury, till the pronouncement of the verdict, he said.

The Commission, which held its sitting at Tirur in the district, had issued necessary directives to the concerned officials in this connection, he said.

Justice Kumar said prima facie there was no evidence to establish reported charges of dereliction of duty by the police personnel in the case.

The victims were lodged in a rescue home at Tavanur in the district.

According to the FIR filed at Changaramkulam Police station, an irate mob, on a complaint from a woman that her daughter's anklet was missing, rounded up the nomads and beat them up mercilessly triggering wide-spread protests.

A police team, which reached the spot rescued the victims and later let them off after giving first aid at a community health centre, he added.

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