(New Delhi) – The Indian government should investigate the case of a tribal woman accused of supporting the Maoist “Naxalites” who says she was tortured in custody, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The government should ensure her immediate access to healthcare without police interference, Human Rights Watch said.

Soni Sori says she was subjected to sexual assault, electric shocks, and beatings while in the custody of the Chhattisgarh state police and denied necessary medical treatment after her arrest in September 2011.

The government should also initiate a review of conditions for women detainees and prisoners generally, including torture allegations and access to healthcare, Human Rights Watch said.

To read the letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, please visit:
https://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/07/india-letter-prime-minister-manmohan-singh-regarding-sexual-assault-case-police-cust