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Odisha Chief Minister ordered a judicial inquiry into the alleged gang rape of a minor tribal girl in Koraput

Bhubaneswar:8/11/17; Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered a judicial inquiry into the alleged gang rape of a minor tribal girl in Koraputdistrict last month.

The judicial probe was ordered a day after Odisha Police “ruled out” possibility of any rape despite the minor girls claim that she was gang raped by four persons in uniform on October 10.

A district judge will inquire into the alleged gang rape case under the provisions of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, an official statement issued by the chief minister’s office said.

Patnaik had earlier directed the Crime Branch of Odisha Police to investigate the matter.

The girl has alleged that she was forcibly taken away by four persons in security forces uniform while she was returning home from local Kunduli market. The girl was treated at a local hospital and also in Saheed Laxman Naik Medical College Hospital, Koraput.

Several activists and the girls family members had rejected the police version and expressed displeasure over the way the medical examination of the minor girl was conducted.

While the girls family members had demanded a judicial inquiry, opposition BJP sought a CBI probe into the matter after the police claimed that the girl, who studies in class nine was not raped.

Apart from Koraput SP K V Singh, Additional DGP of the Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) Mahendra Pratap had yesterday “ruled out” rape.

“Medical and scientific experts were engaged to find out the truth. During the course of the investigation, the movement of the security forces, who were allegedly involved in the case, could not be established” Odisha DGP R P Sharma yesterday said.

Pratap had said, “As per the doctors’ opinion, there is no such evidence of gang rape or rape of the minor girl.”

“I have discussed the matter with all the medical experts treating the girl at Kunduli, Jeypore in Koraput district and at the MKCG Medical College Hospital in Berhampur during the course of the investigation,” he said.

Earlier, the Koraput police had registered a case of gang rape.

The alleged gang rape of the tribal girl has sparked outrage in the state with the opposition parties staging protests, demanding justice for her.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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