Bhubaneswar: Claiming that as many as
4,100 rape cases had been registered in different police
stations of the state during the last three years, the women
wing of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee on Wednesday demanded a
CBI probe into the dalit teenager rape case in Pipili.
"We also demand immediate arrest of all the accused
persons in Taradipal case where a girl was kidnapped and
sexually assaulted for about two months," Odisha Pradesh
Mahila Congress Committee president Bijaya Laxmi Sahoo told
reporters after meeting the Chief Secretary BK Patnaik.
Stating that the white paper tabled in the state
assembly showed that during the last three years around 4,100
cases under section 376 (rape) were registred, the former
minister said "it is shocking to know that the police had
filed chargesheet in only 18 cases."
Terming the state government`s announcement of setting
up a judicial commission to the Pipili rape case as an
eyewash, she said it was meant to deflect public attention.
On Taradipal case, Sahoo claimed that though the
Mahila Police Station had arrested two persons on allegation
of the brother of the victim, they were subsequently released.
"The entire episode shows insensitivity and insincerity
of the Mahila Police station authorities," she alleged seeking
action against the erring police women.
Mahila Congress activists also staged a demonstration
before the Mahila Police Station here condemning its act of
releasing two accused persons in Taradipal case.