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Vakapalle rape victims demand choice of Public Prosecutor and APP

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Vakapalle rape victims have submitted a memorandum to the District Collector urging the right to select the Public Prosecutor and the assistant PP of their choice to fight their case in the special court in Visakhapatnam that handles cases under the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act.

The victims approached the Apex Court that on September 1 ordered the fast-tracking of the case. The victims pointed out that the SC, ST (POA) Act empowers the government to appoint an exclusive special public prosecutor so desired by the victims. They demanded the appointment of Palla Trinadha rao, Advocate, Rajahmundry as Special Public Prosecutor and Jaha Ara, advocate, Visakhapatnam as APP.

It may be recalled that on August 20, 2017, 11 Adivasi women of Vakapalle village in Nurmati panchayat of G.Madugula mandal in the Agency area were allegedly gangraped by 21 personnel of the Greyhounds, the elite anti-Naxal force of the State.