Bhubaneswar, Jan 15:
State Progressive Women’s Forum (SPWF) members today submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and State Commission for Women (SCW) on the apathy of the government machinery in cases of violence against women.
Citing three specific cases, Mamata Samantaray, president of SPWF, appealed to the Chief Minister to ensure justice to the victims and their family members.
Recounting the harassment caused to Sonali Mishra, a +3 final year commerce student of Uday Nath Autonomous College of Science and Technology, Adaspur in Kantapada block by the college principal, Samantaray alleged that though her complaint had reached the SCW, the Director General of Police and the Minister of Higher Education, no concrete steps had been taken on her plea for her enrolment for the degree exams and also on her allegations against the principal till date.
The other two cases cited in the memorandum were those of Jyotismita Pati of village Kalarahang under Infocity police station, who was continuously tortured and even sought to be murdered by her in-laws and the highly suspicious death of Sandhyarani Samantaray of Puri, who was forced into flesh trade in which senior police and Crime Branch officials, mine owners and a few influential persons were allegedly involved.
The family members of both the victims had approached various state bodies (from local police to DGP, SCW and even the concerned ministers) many times, but had failed to get any justice.
The SPWF chief said a lackadaisical approach by the law enforcing agencies was the common thread running through all three cases. “It amounts to gross insensitiveness and neglect of the cause of women’s life and dignity,” she said.
“We have submitted a memorandum today to these authorities again requesting them to use their constitutional powers to provide justice to the victim’s families at the earliest,” Samantaray said.