Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that he accepted the blame and responsibility for the press statement issued last evening, which shared the photograph of the young girl, who was molested on camera outside a pub in Guwahati last week.
Gogoi said that his office had not shared the name of the victim in the email sent to reporters.
The chief minister also took potshots at the media over the entire episode, saying the latter should play a more responsible role.
"Media has to be responsible. It can't keep rolling the same visuals over and over again for TRP," he said.
Gogoi further said the media is projecting a wrong image of Assam.
"I am unhappy and angry and this is most condemnable. The media wanted to blame and project a negative picture of the Assamese society by giving the impression that women are not safe here," he said.
Several women politicians and activists earlier demanded the chief minister's apology after his office issued a press release yesterday into the Guwahati molestation case.
Gogoi met last evening with the Class XI student, who was molested on camera by a mob in Guwahati last week.
Gogoi assured the girl that the government will provide all protection and help for her rehabilitation. He also announced that the case will be handed over to CID.
He also criticized the local news channel that aired the footage of the molestation, saying its role was 'unethical'.
The chief minister's office sent out a press statement after the meeting that revealed the victim's name and shared her photograph.
The chief minister's office then called and retracted asking journalists not to release the photographs and ensure her identity was protected. They, however, went ahead releasing the name.
Assam Police has arrested five more accused in the Guwahati incident, thereby taking the number of those apprehended to 12.
The girl was molested last Monday as she was returning home from a party at a bar located in Guwahati's Post Office area.
The incident came to light after an amateur video of the incident was uploaded on YouTube. The video shows the mob, consisting of around 20 men, beating the girl before stripping her.
The shameful act continued for 30 minutes till police arrived and rescued the girl, and handed her over to her parents. (ANI)