Assam CM Sarbanand Sonowal on Thursday spoke about the molestation of 42 women from dance troupe in the state. He has said that the culprits will not be spared and will be given an exemplary punishment.
"One thing is clear, our cultural value can't be destroyed, the investigation has begun. Whoever has done this, action against them will be taken. No one will be spared, all the culprits will be brought to the book, they will be given exemplary punishment," he said.
Forty-two women from Rainbow Dance Troupe were invited to perform Bihu dance at a cultural event in Asolpara in Chaygaon on June 7. However, when they reached the event venue, they were molested by men in public view. As per inputs, mob consisted of 700-800 men during the incident.
In the visuals, accessed by Republic TV, a large number of men can be seen facing the stage where the girls were allegedly forced to dance. The video shows two of the men recording the dance on their mobile phone as soon as the music starts. However, later another man stops one of the man from recording the incident by snatching away the mobile from his hands.
Furthermore, they can be heard asking the girls to dance, dance nude to the song on the stage in front of the mob of men to the song being played in the background.
Recounting the shocking incident, the victims said that they were tricked and invited to the event and upon reaching the venue they were molested and forced to strip dance in front of the men.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognizance of the incident and has taken up the matter with the Assam Police. Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal has demanded strictest punishment for those involved.