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Assam: Sexual Harassment FIR Filed Against Republic TV Correspondent

Republic TV's Assam correspondent Aniruddha Bhakat Chutia was detained for a night by the police.

A case of sexual harassment has been filed against Republic TV’s Assam correspondent Aniruddha Bhakat Chutia by a Guwahati-based journalist.

According to Northeast Now, the victim alleged that Chutia took her to a house in Jayanagar area in Guwahati and physically attacked her.

“Accused Anirudha Bhakat forcefully took me from Six Mile area of the city to a house at Jayanagar while I was on my way to my residence from office. In the house, which was locked from outside, he first physically attacked me and when I tried to stop him, he sexually assaulted me,” said the victim, reported Northeast Now.

The case was registered in Dispur Police station on December 1 under various sections of IPC — section 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 392 (Punishment for robbery), 354 (Assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

The victim has also alleged that the police were initially refusing to register the case and have not even recorded her statement. She said that she was pressured to drop the charges.

After detaining Chutia for one night night under section 41 (a) of the CrPc. The investigating officer refused to provide information related to the case, citing pressure from top police officials.

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