Malkangiri, Biramitrapur incidents: BJP demands invocation of SC/ST Act against erring cops

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Bhubaneswar: The has demanded the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, be invoked against those police officials who are responsible for the rape and murder of a tribal woman in Malkangiri.

The BJP delegation met the police DG on Monday in this regard and demanded that Rs 8.25 lakh be given to the family of the victim as compensation. They also presented a four-point charter of demands in this connection.

The delegation comprised state BJP secretary Prithviraj Harichandan, Dr. Lekhashri Samantsinghar, vice president Prabhati Parida and Mahila Morcha state chief Smruti Patnaik and  Biramitrapur MLA Shankar Oram.

They alleged that the women in the state are in a state of insecurity as police who is supposed to protect them are raping and murdering them. The delegation cited that on May 7 an Adivasi woman Chandrama Bhumia who was working in Malkangiri police canteen was gang-raped and she later succumbed to injuries.

The human rights commission has ordered that the post mortem report must be made public within ten days and the victim’s family be given appropriate compensation.

The victim’s husband Budura Gauda had alleged that his wife was in an unconscious state and her body bore injury marks. He told reporters that his wife was gang-raped in the police canteen. The BJP has alleged that although over one and half months have elapsed, the culprits were not brought to book.

Similarly, on June 22 it was alleged that Biramitrapur police station in-charge had forced a minor tribal girl for abortion. She was frequently gang-raped, the BJP delegation alleged.

Two BJP MLAs have even alleged that they were not allowed to meet the minor girl and said the police were trying its best to protect the perpetrators.

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