Open Invitation to join in
Indefinite Hunger Strike by Civil Society Groups demanding Supreme Court-monitored CBI Inquiry into Kunduli Rape Case and arrest of all investigating officers involved in suppressing and derailing investigation into Kunduli case and mysterious death of Rape victim Kasturi Samantary of Kendrapara and Varsha Patra of Sukinda of Jajpur district.
The members and Activists of different Social Organisations having allegiance to Civil Society Network will sit in Hunger strike for indefinite period demanding Supreme Court-monitored CBI Inquiry into Kunduli Rape Case and arrest of all investigating officers involved in suppressing and derailing investigation into Kunduli case and mysterious death of Rape victim Kasturi Samantary of Kendrapara and Varsha Patra of Sukinda of Jajpur district and Justice for other rape victims.
After allegation of Kunduli Rape Victim that she was raped by Cobra Paramilitary force, the Koraput police registered FIR and started investigation. After 27 days of investigation, the Additional Director General of Police of Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) of State Govt. made a public statement that the girl had not been raped and she was giving false allegation against the police. In view of huge public reaction and protest of opposition political parties, Sri Nabin Patnaik, Chief Minister ordered for Crime Branch Inquiry and declared a Judicial Commission to be constituted to probe the case.
Though 3 months have passed, the people of Odisha are still yet to see the copy of investigation Report on the basis of which ADG, HRPC said that there was no rape and status of Crime Branch Inquiry. Judicial inquiry is yet to be started.
After suicidal death of Kunduli rape victim, the State Govt. has again declared to constitute SIT ( Special Investigation Team) for investigation to be monitored by High Court. The order of number of inquiries by Chief Minister has cast doubt in the mind of the people about intention of the Govt. to provide justice to rape victim. The opposition political parties and various organisations have demanded CBI inquiry into it.
On the other hand , the mysterious death of Kasturi Samantaray, a 10th class student of Kendrapara district and Barsha Patra , a college student of Sukinda Block of Jajpur district has not been properly enquired by the police alleged by the parents. Rather the police has tried to cover it up under the influence of powerful people.
In view of failure of State machinery to provide justice to rape victims, the Civil Society Groups will sit in indefinite hunger strike demanding arrest of all investigating officers who have derailed and suppressed the investigation and Supreme Court-monitored CBI inquiry into Rape cases in the state.
We appeal all the people to join with us to fight for justice of Rape victims in the state.
On behalf of Civil Society Groups, Odisha