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Bhadrak Rape Survivor Irked Over Delayed Justice, Threatens To Commit Suicide

06 October 2018

Bikash Das

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Bhubaneswar: A woman, who was allegedly raped by two persons in June last year in Bhadrak, threatened to commit suicide if the perpetrators are not arrested.

As per the allegations, on June 25, 2017, two persons identified as Nalua Das and Rajat Kumar Panigrahi, who had arrived to repair a tap in her house, took advantage of her husband's absence and raped her.

Though a complaint regarding this was lodged at Basudevpur Police Station in Bhadrak on June 27, 2017, the IIC did not register an FIR and nor did he take any action against the accused.

Following it, she approached the then Bhadrak SP Anup Sahoo but as he also did not take any step over the issue, she filed a writ petition in the Orissa High Court on July 7, 2017.

The High Court, on October 11, 2017, directed the SP to take appropriate action on the case within three weeks.

Even after one year has elapsed after the HC's direction, no visible action has been taken on the case. Neither the Odisha State Commission for Women (OSCW) nor the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has taken any step in this regard.

The family later met the Odisha DGP under whose direction the FIR was registered after five months of the incident. However, the accused are yet to be arrested.

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