Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 23:
A 30-year-old physically disabled woman Sasmita Nayak this evening threatened to self immolate by putting kerosene on her in front of Saheed Nagar police station after the police refused to register a case of the victim.
Hari Nayak, a kin of the victim who had come along with Sasmita to the police station to lodge the complaint, said the police refused to register the victim’s complaint despite repeated request. When she persisted and refused to budge an inch from the police station, police personnel forcibly took her home, he alleged.
Sasmita said she had left husband’s house 10 years ago after being subjected to sustained physical torture for failing to meet her in-laws’ demand for more dowry. She said she had been living at her parents’ house, located inside Utkal University campus, since then.
Sasmita’s misery did not end even at her parents house either as her father, brother and sister-in-laws tarted torturing asking her to leave the house. Sasimta said her only fault was that she is physically disabled and did not contribute a penny to the family earnings. “My family members feel I am a burden on them,” she said.
“When I submitted my complaint to the police in writing, they refused to register it. “If the police refuse to register my complaint report, I will immolate myself in front of the police station,” Sasmita warned.
Inspector-in-charge (IIC) of Saheed Nagar police station Deepak Kumar Mishra did not respond to OST’s calls.