Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Keonjhar, June 2:
A young woman in Odisha’s Keonjhar district attempted to commit suicide by slashing an artery of her hand with a knife in everyone’s presence at the grievance hearing camp of the district collector here on Monday.
However, the young woman identified as Saraswati Patra was captured by the police and admitted to the hospital. Following the incident, district collector N Tirumala Nayak has ordered for registering a case against her, sources said.
Saraswati who had come to the camp along with her sister to petition the collector on their grievance at the camp alleged that the collector accused them of ‘natakbaazi’- histrionics and had ordered for their arrest. She alleged that on feeling hurt by the collector’s actions/response, left the camp in disgust and went to the nearby market and purchased a knife and a bottle of poison to end her life.
At least 273 complainants had come to lodge their complaints with the collector at the grievance hearing camp on Monday. Among them were two orphaned unmarried sisters Saraswati Patra and Jambubati Patra of Janghira village under Harichandanpur block. While they had lost their father Daitari Patra 18 years back, their mother Basumati Patra died three years back.
They alleged that after their mother’s death their two uncles (paternal) were harassing them. Leave apart giving them their landed property belonging to their parents, their uncles were even not allowing them to stay in their parental house, they alleged.
The duo alleged that despite them lodging complaints at the Pandapada police station several times on this account nothing has happened.
Under the circumstances during last month they had attended the collector’s grievance hearing camp and had lodged their complaint. Collector Nayak had ordered for an inquiry into the matter and had sent them to a correction home.
The two sisters had again arrived at the collector’s grievance hearing camp on Monday for the second time.
Allegedly, while they were submitting their complaint, collector Nayak admonished them of histrionics and had even ordered for their arrests which led to Saraswati attempting to commit suicide.