The Maharashtra government will probe an incident where girls were allegedly stripped and forced to dance by policemen at a hostel in Jalgaon, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Wednesday.
The minister made the announcement in the state assembly after the issue was raised by Opposition members.
According to media reports, some girls at the hostel in Jalgaon complained that policemen and others entered the facility on the pretext of a probe. Some girls were forced to strip and dance.
"It is a very unfortunate incident. A four-member high-level committee of officials has been formed to conduct a probe. They have been asked to submit a report in two days. Action will be taken as per rules after the report is submitted," Deshmukh said.
Before the minister made the announcement, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sudhir Mungantiwar called for stricter action.
Replying to him, Deshmukh said, "All information about the incident is being taken. The entire video recording and other documents are sought and statements are being recorded."
Mungantiwar said the police already have all the information about the incident.
"...If the police machinery is not going to take information, why this government (is needed then)?" Mungantiwar, a former state finance minister, asked.
Former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said the video clip of a girl being forced to dance after stripping is a serious matter, he said.
"Our expectation is that you take immediate action sensitively," Fadnavis, leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, said.