Patan gangrape case: Panel constituted to suggest remedies

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Gandhinagar, Mar 25 (UNI) The Gujarat Government has constituted a six-member committee to suggest measures to prevent unpleasant incidents like the Patan gangrape case.

A Patan-based Primary Teachers College (PTC) student was allegedly raped by her teachers over a period of time. This incident had come to light on February one this year and had sent shock waves across the country.

Gujarat Minister of State for Education Romanlal Vora, while informing about the constitution of the committee, said it will be headed by noted educationalist and Gandhian Dr Manubhai Trivedi.

The decision to constitute the committee, which has two women members, was taken in the wake of the Patan gangrape case, he said.

Investigations into the Patan gangrape case has revealed that compulsory hostel stay and the practice of sending the students out for internship, could be disadvantageous for the girl students and render them vulnerable to sexual exploitation, the Minister said. Further, the internal marking system, adopted by the colleges, could also be misused by the teachers for subjecting the girl students to sexual abuse.

Mr Vora said the committee will look into all these aspects and, thereafter, suggest measures to prevent such unsavoury happenings.

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