Shinde names Bhandara victims; expunged

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 14:43 hrs

Triggering a controversy, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde mentioned the names of three minor sisters, who were raped and murdered in Maharashtra's Bhandara district last month, while making a written statement on the issue in Parliament on Friday.

The names of the girls were expunged after India´s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded Shinde´s apology for identifying them in his statement.

"They are minor girls. That is why the names were expunged," Shinde told reporters.

Leader of Opposition in the upper house Arun Jaitley raised the issue after the Union Home Minister named the victims.

"The identity of the victim is never disclosed. But the Home Minister has disclosed the names of the victims in his statement. I ask the Home Minister to take back his statement," Jaitley said.

In Parliament Shinde said, "It appears that all three were subjected to sexual abuse before being murdered. The collective conscience of the House, I am sure, is jolted by this."

He said the centre cannot enforce itself on the state governments irrespective of who is in power there- Congress or non-Congress parties- but he would still urge the state to take action and communicate the house´s concern.

On Feb 16, the bodies of the three sisters, who went missing from school on Feb 14, were found in a well in Bhadara district.

The mother of the three minor girls demanded arrest of the perpetrators of the crime and their execution.

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