Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 3:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Director General (DG) of Odisha Police questioning the silence and inaction of Pipili police in the case involving the brutal gang rape of a class IX student of Kamala Sagar Patna village under Pipili police limits in Puri district.
On May 1, the Commission directed DGP Prakash Mishra to file a report on the case within four weeks.
Considering the gravity of the incident, the Commission has also directed its DG (Investigations) to collect information on the matter from Odisha officials over phone.
The NHRC’s directives were issued in response to a petition filed by human rights activist Manas Jena alleging that police was trying to hush up the incident as was evident from its inaction despite filing of an FIR nearly a month back.
Jena, in his petition, alleged that police had failed to nab the culprits despite the victim’s father filing an FIR on April 5. He said the two-month pregnant victim was not provided with safe rehabilitation as a consequence of which the culprits threatened her and even tried to kill her following which she lost her mental balance.
Jena alleged that the police did not give much importance to the victim’s father lodging a complaint with the police that attempts were being made to kill his daughter by forcing her to consume pesticide.
The victim is currently undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack and her condition is stated to be critical.