2nd rape victim commits suicide in 3 days,over police inaction

Bhubaneswar: Adding to the woes of the Odisha government, a rape victim in Khurda district has committed suicide for alleged police inaction and not getting justice.

The incident took place yesterday night, close on the heels of the suicide of a minor tribal girl who was allegedly gang raped by a group of men in uniform on October 10 last year in Maoist infested Koraput. She had committed suicide at her house on January 22.

Police sources said a Class 10 girl of Suanpadia village under Banapur police station limits was allegedly raped by a youth of the same village on December 31 last year.

The girl’s family, after consulting villagers, lodged a complaint against the man at the Banapur police station on January 2.

However, the police allegedly did not take action against the accused forcing the girl to commit suicide yesterday, said Kalpana Mohanty, one of the protesters who assembled before the Banapur police station.

The villagers kept the girl’s body before the police station and blamed police inaction that led to the victim in committing suicide.

“As the police did not take any action even after 22 days of the FIR, my daughter ended her life by consuming poison last night,” the victim’s mother said.

Khurda SP Dipti Ranjan Roy said, “We will certainly nab the accused within a day or two. Action will be taken if some police officer is found neglecting the case.”

Balugan SDPO Subash Chandra Panda, who rushed to the spot and held discussion with the irate villagers, said that police teams have been formed to nab the culprit who is on the run.

“We have taken up the matter. Police has recorded the statement of the victim under section 164 of the CrPC. I have verified the case. Efforts are on to arrest the accused,” the SDPO said.

Meanwhile, the police has sent the body to Banapur Government Hospital for post mortem after assuring the villagers of appropriate action against the accused.

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