Thursday, January 12, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit rape victim slips into coma, CID to probe

Dalit rape victim slips into coma, CID to probe
PTI | 07:01 PM,Jan 10,2012

Bhubaneswar, Jan 10 (PTI) As Orissa High Court and state Human Rights
Commission took up the cause of an alleged rape victim, the state
government today handed over investigation of the case to Crime
Investigation Department (CID), Crime Branch. "A CID, CB team headed
by a woman Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) rank officer has
rushed to Pipili area for investigation," director general of police
(DGP) Manmohan Praharaj told reporters here. A case has been
registered at Pipili police station in Puri district under different
sections of the Indian Penal Code, a CID, CB release said. Allegedly
denied justice by local police and doctors at government hospital, the
19-year-old dalit girl lying in coma, was taken to OHRC's office here
yesterday. "We brought her to commission's office for justice after
failing to get any solace," said victim's father Babuli Behera.
Describing the ordeal, the hapless father said his daughter was denied
treatment at Capital Hospital and shifted to SCB Medical College
Hospital at Cuttack which also discharged her even before she was
normal, Behera said. The girl, also a witness in a molestation case,
was allegedly raped by two persons in Pipili area on November 28. "My
daughter was target of the group who were involved in the
molestation," the father told reporters. Meanwhile, the victim of the
alleged molestation has committed suicide after being unable to get
justice from the police, Behera claimed. The girl was first allegedly
assaulted on January 12, 2008, a few weeks after some miscreants
molested her friend in Arjunagada village under Pipili police station
area. They again attacked her house on February 18, 2008 after she
became a witness in the court in the molestation case. Meanwhile,
state Human Rights Commission directed Puri SP to ensure
investigation. Its Director (Investigation) was also asked to ensure
that the victim gets treated at Capital Hospital where the authorities
had referred her to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, three
days ago. The OHRC will monitor the case and its investigation, an
official of the OHRC said. Puri SP Amitendra Nath Sinha said the
matter will be investigated by a special team. According to her
father, the girl was gang-raped and subjected to serious injuries by
the assailants.

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