Friday, January 13, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Naveen seeks report on dalit rape case

Naveen seeks report on dalit rape case
PTI | 09:01 PM,Jan 12,2012

Bhubaneswar, Jan 12 (PTI) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today
sought a report on the alleged rape of a dalit girl in Puri district,
as the opposition parties demanded a CBI or judicial enquiry into the
incident besides seeking resignation of Agriculture Minister Pradeep
Maharathy. The chief minister's action came a day after Orissa High
Court directed to shift the girl from Capitol hospital to the SCB
Medical College Hospital in Cuttack with adequate security. "The chief
minister has asked the home department to submit a report on the
Pipili incident where a dalit girl is allegedly raped," Chief
Secretary B K Patnaik told reporters. Stating that the in-charge
officer of Pipili police station in Puri district had been trasnfered
and the case was handed over to the CID, the chief secretary said that
the state government had taken the incident seriously. The 19-year-old
dalit girl from Arjunagada village under Pipili police station was
allegedly raped by a group of youths from the locality on November 28,
2011 after she dared to become a witness in another rape case
involving her friend. The victim's friend had meanwhile committed
suicide, police said. Opposition Congress and BJP demanded demanded a
CBI or judicial probe into the incident while seeking resignation of
agriculture minister who was charged with protecting the four accused.
The minister rejected the charge and said "I have not given protection
to any one and never tried to put pressure on the police. I too demand

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