OHRC orders Rs50,000 interim Aid to victim

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 10: Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Friday directed the Secretary of ST/SC Welfare department to pay an assistance of Rs50,000 to the mother of Kunduli gang rape victim by November 27 and submit a compliance report to the commission. Adjudicating a batch of petitions filed by human right activists Prabir Kumar Das, Biswapriya Kanungo, Debaranjan Sarangi, Akhanda and Pradipta Nayak the Commission directed the Koraput District Collector and the ST/SC Welfare department to get the victim girl admitted into the Ekalavya model school.

The Commission also the asked the ADG Crime Branch to submit the report of the Crime Branch, now probing into gang rape case within four weeks. The petitioners alleged that a Dalit girl student aged about 14 years, was gang raped October 10 near Sorspadar village under Potangi police station in Koraput district by four persons in uniforms suspected to be personnel belonging to paramilitary forces deployed to combat the Maoist menace while she was on  way to her school.

The petitioners prayed the state human rights commission for immediate intervention in the matter and to direct an independent and impartial inquiry into the matter. They also requested directions to the State to extend interim financial assistance to the victim’s family and to direct the district administration and the hospital authorities to provide best of healthcare facilities to the victim girl and all necessary assistance.

The alleged gang rape was accorded a red flag tag and inquired by the Crime Branch police. Chief  Minister Naveen Patnaik also ordered a judicial probe by a sitting District judge into the incident under the Commission of Inquiry Act 1952.

Opposition Congress and the BJP have demanded a CBI probe of the incident after ADG of Odisha Human Rights Protection Cell Mahendra Pratap submitted a report that the victim girl was not raped as per the findings of medical and forensic examination.

The Director General of Police had also earlier stated that there was no movement of security personnel in the area on the day of the crime. The BSF and CRPF authority had also denied the involvement of their jawans in the gang rape.

Friday as per the earlier direction of the commission the Superintendent of the Sahid Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital deposed before the commission and submitted its report about the victim girl.

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