शुक्रवार, 9 फ़रवरी 2018

Indefinite Hunger strike by Civil Society on Kunduli Rape Issue in Odisha

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.

Dear friends
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.

Appeal by

Pradip Pradhan
M- 9937843482

On behalf of Civil Society Groups, Odisha 

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