Dalit 'rape' victim in coma, BJP wants CBI probe
Debabrata Mohanty Posted online: Fri Jan 13 2012, 03:42 hrs
Pipili, Cuttack : An 18-year-old Dalit girl of Arjunagoda in Pipili
block of Puri district lies in coma in the SCB Medical College and
Hospital, Cuttack. A man from her village had allegedly raped and
strangulated her in November last year. The case was handed over to
the CID-CB of Orissa Police two days ago following uproar that the
police were hand in glove with the assailants. The BJP has demanded a
CBI probe into the case.
The victim's brother has alleged that Pipili MLA and Agriculture
Minister Pradip Maharathi is sheltering the accused, but the minister
has denied it. The Orissa High Court has asked the police to submit a
status report within a week, while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has
ordered an inquiry.
The girl's family says that Pasei Pradhan, who wanted to marry her,
along with his brother, allegedly raped and strangulated her. The
strangulation resulted in her slipping into a coma. As the girl's
family took her to a Pipili hospital, the doctors referred them to
Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, where the doctors referred them to SCB
Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.
"In Cuttack, doctors initially refused to admit her. Though they later
admitted her, she was made to lie on the floor. A fortnight later, a
doctor threatened to use the police to evict us," said her aunt.
The family took her to the Orissa Human Rights Commission,d which sent
her back to the hospital.
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