Bhubaneswar: Holding police and doctors
responsible for the plight of the 19-year-old Dalit rape
victim of Pipili, the National Commission for Scheduled Caste
(NCSC) on Sunday demanded arrest of the errant officials.
"Though the inspector-in-charge of Pipili police
station has been dismissed from service, he should be arrested
and sent to jail along with doctors who neglected treatment of
the rape victim," NCSC Chairman PL Punia told reporters after
meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Stating that "feudalistic tendencies" still prevailed in
certain districts, Punia pointed out that while the police
officer at Pipili police station did not register case against
the accused persons, doctors at government hospital and in
Capital Hospital here also neglected her treatment.
"It was shocking that the doctors at the SCB medical
college hospital in Cuttack discharged the girl in an
unconscious state leaving her to die," Punia said, adding the
girl was given anti-venum injection.
"I doubt the doctors acted under pressure and did
not treat the girl properly. The girl was not subjected to
medical examination even as she was found unconscious and in
nude state. The doctors are certainly responsible for the
misery of the girl," he said.
The girl, who is struggling for survival, continues to
remain at the ICU of the medical college hospital ever since
she was admitted in January.
Reacting over the NCSC`s demand, Chief Secretary BK
Patnaik said, "We are taking commission`s suggestions
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "Anyone found guilty
will certainly be taken into task, be it a police or a
Punia, who earlier in the day visited Latore village in
Bolangir district, said that the houses of Dalits were set
afire by a section of people. Though some arrests had been
made, the main accused still remained at large.
Stating that the victims had been provided financial
assistance from the Chief Minister`s Relief Fund (CMRF), Punia
said they should be given adequate compensation under the
provision of the Prevention of Atrocity Act.
Punia along with other officials of the NCSC also
visited Kamadhenukote village in Dhenkanal district where
upper caste people set fire the houses of some Dalit families
in the aftermath of the panchayat elections.
The NCSC chairman also expressed his displeasure over
inadequate representation to Dalits in the state services.
Though the ratio of Dalit population was above 16 percent in
the state, their representation in service had been poor.