Wednesday, February 1, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Odisha Panchayat polls: Dalit woman candidate allegedly misbehaved in Kendrapada

Odisha Panchayat polls: Dalit woman candidate allegedly misbehaved in Kendrapada
By Khirabdhi Tannaya
Date : 01-Feb-2012 09:01:48
Odisha Panchayat polls: Dalit woman candidate allegedly misbehaved in Kendrapada

Kendrapada (Odisha): A dalit woman contesting for Panchayat Samiti
member and her sister-in-law allegedly misbehaved by some fellow
villagers in Kendrapada block, said police.

The victim has filed an FIR at Kendrapada sadar police station, sources said.

If sources are to be believed, a 32-year old dalit woman, Laxmipriya
Sethy, contesting for the Member of Panchayat samiti from Ayeba GP
under Kendrapada Block, alleged that some fellow villagers on
Tuesday night entered into her house, when she and her sister -in -law
jayanti Sethy were only present in the house.

The victim further alledged that the fellow villagers abused them and
passed castiesm remarks and later, the miscreants made an attempt
to strip them with an intention to outrage their modesty .But
the neighbours congregated near her house after they shouted for
help ,as a result the accused fled from the house, she said.

The accused, who allegedly made an attempt to strip her, has been
identified as Bijay Kumar Swain, Abhaya Kumar swain and Ayodhya Biswal
of Ayeba village.

The accused trio have allegedly threatened to kill her family members
by setting a fire to her house if she discloses the matter to anybody
or would lodge an FIR in this regard at police station, said the

Meanwhile, the victim Laxmipriya Sethy has brought the notice of the
SDPO of Kendrapada, returning officer –cum BDO of Kendrapada Block,
state Election Commissioner by urging to take stringent action
against the accused persons.

The dalit woman, has also file complained to the State Human Rights
Commission and State SC &ST commissioner by filing petitions .

When contacted, the SDPO of kendrapada, Nrushingha Charan Swain
,stated that he has directed the IIC of Kendrapada Sadar police
station to conduct an inquiry in this alleged matter and to take steps
accordingly against the accused.


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