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Sanjita’s hunger strike enters 3rd day


Bhubaneswar, Feb 13:

Sanjita Dhali, who has been on a hunger strike since February 11 demanding  justice as the “biological daughter of former minister and Biju Janta Dal (BJD) MLA from Balipatna Aurobinda Dhali”, on Thursday said she will continue her hunger strike in front of the Odisha Assembly until the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik intervenes in her case.

Sanjita  ( flanked by two daughters ) on a hunger strike
Sanjita ( flanked by daughters ) on a hunger strike

Sanjita said her hunger strike will continue although the assembly session will come to an end today.

Flanked by her two minor daughters Sanjita has been protesting in front of state Assembly for the last  three days.

“On February 3, I had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister seeking his intervention in the matter with the hope that he as the champion of women’s cause would give justice to me. But till now he has not responded to my appeal,” she said.

In her memorandum, Sanjita has placed three demands before the CM – allowing her a personal hearing into the case within seven days, asking Aurobinda Dhali to step down from the post of MLA or face expulsion from the party and denying him party ticket to contest in the coming elections.

How can the  Chief Minister remain silent over the issue and deny justice to a woman who has been sitting on a hunger strike for three days ? Is he not turning a blind eye to the cruel and illegal acts by his party MLA who is trying  to suppress the matter ?’, asked Sanjita.

“But I have not lost hope. I will continue with my hunger strike until my my genuine demands are fulfilled. My fight will continue till I die of hunger out here,” she said, adding, the Chief Minister will be held responsible for her death.

When asked why she has asked her childrento join her protest, Sanjita said like her the children were also facing social stigma and deprived of their basic rights and the sense of dignity.

Sanjita said, she was not able to get a date from the Odisha High Court to vacate the stay order on DNA test case on her father since 2009.

“I have approached everybody – from the IIC to the Commissioner of Police, from Mahila Commission to the Human Right Commission and from the SDJM Court to the Odisha High Court, but I am still waiting for justice,” Sanjita said.

Meanwhile, the doctors from the Capital Hospital have advised Sanjita to take food  because her health is showing deterioration.


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