Orissa: Dalit rape victim slips into coma
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 22:38
  
Bhubaneswar: As Orissa High Court and state Human Rights Commission took up the cause of an alleged rape victim, the state government on Tuesday 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.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 22:38


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