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Reel adaptation of Aarushi's murder is insensitive, says Renuka

Source: PTI
June 10, 2008 18:53 IST
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Any move to use the Noida twin murder case as a plot in a teleserial will reflect an "insensitive" attitude towards a minor, Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury said on Tuesday.

Chowdhury, who holds the women and child development portfolio, also said the Noida police should be taken to task for its handling of the case. "From day one we are saying that the top cops should be suspended and the inspector general of police summoned for an explanation. And it would be unfortunate if this is not being done," Chowdhury said in New Delhi, at the launch of a mobile medical van equipped with basic medical facilities meant for disadvantaged women and children.

Nupur Talwar, mother of the slain 14-year-old girl Aarushi, had on Monday made an appeal to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to bar filmmakers from making any film or serial on her daughter's murder.

The minister said the NCPCR heard Nupur's plea and will give its views after examining all facts. Aarushi was found murdered on May 16 at her Noida Sector 25 residence. The body of her domestic servant Hemraj was recovered from the terrace the next day. The Central Bureau of Investigation has now taken over the probe into the case from the Noida police.

In reply to a question about allegations that she was interfering in the state matters, Chowdhury said, "I will continue doing that if proper action has not been taken against the people, who are on the wrong side."

On the alleged misuse of section 498(A) of the Indian Penal Code (cruelty to married woman), Chowdhury said there will be a round-table with men from all walks of life on the issue very soon.

"The ministry will hear all men and look into it to find out the level of misuse in case of 498(A). There is only one
law that protects females so we really have to look into it before taking any decision regarding its amendment," Chowdhury said.

Chowdhury also said school children should be made brand ambassadors to spread awareness about the immunisation programmes.

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