Saturday, January 28, 2012

[ZESTCaste] AIIMS experts arrive to assist in Dalit girl rape case

AIIMS experts arrive to assist in Dalit girl rape case

Agencies Posted online: Sat Jan 28 2012, 15:46 hrs
Bhubaneswar : A team of experts from All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS) has reached Odisha to assist in Pipili Dalit girl
rape and attempted murder case on the invitation of the state Crime
Branch police.

The four-member team, headed by Professor and Head of Forensic
Medicine Department, has experts from areas of gynaecology, DNA and
FMT, a senior official of Crime Branch of police said.

"The team members conducted examination on the alleged rape victim
from Pipili in Puri district who is undergoing treatment at the ICU of
SCB Medical College hospital in Cuttack," the official said.

The examination, conducted for medico-legal purpose, would be useful
in the investigation into the alleged rape and attempted murder of the
19-year-old Dalit girl, crime branch sources said, adding that the
team would give its report in due course.

As part of its probe, Crime Branch have already conducted polygraph
tests on all the four accused persons, allegedly involved in the
sensational case which had triggered state-wide outcry and led to the
resignation of Pipili MLA Pradip Maharathy as state agriculture

The four accused persons on whom lie detection test was conducted in
two phases are: Prasanta Pradhan alias Pasei, Sukanta Pradhan alias
Abua, Premananda Nayak and Buna Swain.

The four youths, who had been taken to Crime Branch custody in
different phases for interrogation, are now lodged in a sub-jail in

The four were accused in the rape and attempt to murder of the Dalit
girl of Arjungada village in Pipili police station area of Puri
district on November 28, 2011.

Though the girl's family moved Pipili police station next day on
November 29, the officer-in-charge concerned refused to lodge their
complaint which later lead to his dismissal from service.

The police finally registered a case on January 9, 2012 after a
direction from State Human Rights Commission. The victim, in a
semi-coma stage, is struggling for survival at SCB medical college
hospital in Cuttack.


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