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CJI bench: Advocate ate naphtalene balls to protest inaction in gang rape

The Supreme Court will Tuesday hear a plea alleging police inaction on a complaint by an advocate from Chhattisgarh, alleging gang rape by her husband’s family members and two others on 29 November 2013.

When the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha was about to leave a court room after the completion of cases listed before it Monday, the advocate got up crying for justice, saying she was gang raped.

She said, despite lodging complaints, Chhattisgarh police have taken no action against her perpetrators.

As she was not clearly audible, the apex court asked another female lawyer sitting next to her to tell the court what she was saying.

She reportedly said that she had consumed naphthalene balls. At this the apex court directed her to be taken to its Central Government Health Scheme’s first aid centre. She was later moved to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the matter, the apex court said it will hear the case Tuesday

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