Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 8:

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has sought a report from Sundargarh SP over the forcible removal of black stoles/scarves/shawls worn by women at the venue of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s meeting in the district.


The OHRC has asked the SP to submit the report within four weeks, sources said.

Notably, BJP Mahila Morcha’s Odisha unit had lodged a complaint with the OHRC on December 6 in connection with the incident.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked the Director General of Police (DGP) to conduct an inquiry in this matter and Inspector General (IG) of Police, Western Range, Rourkela is already inquiring into this incident.

It may be recalled here that security agencies (including Odisha police) in charge of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s event at Mangaspur in Sundargarh district on December 4 were seen forcing women participants to take off their black colour stoles and shawls before entering the meeting venue.

Even though many of the women were visibly upset and did protest, some of the women constables were seen pushing and shoving them in a bid to ensure no one uses garments as black flags or use them as a mean to oppose the Chief Minister.