Govt tables Kunduli minor girl assault, suicide report in Assembly

Odisha Politics

Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Saturday tabled the judicial commission report along with action taken report related to the alleged incident of kidnapping, sexual assault and suicide of a minor girl of village Musaguda in Koraput district.

Minister of State (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra tabled the report along with the ATR.

The development came a day after the Orissa High Court on Friday suggested that it would constitute a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) for a court-monitored fresh probe into the alleged rape-suicide case.

As per the recommendation of the Commission, the State Police headquarters has been requested to issue strict instructions to the investigating agencies to take all necessary steps during investigation to hide the identity of the victim of sexual assault as required under law.

It has been instructed to all concerned that any District or State Authority should not make the progress of investigation public in front of media before the investigation is over, especially in cases of sexual assault.

The recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry regarding removal of the statue of the victim from Kunduli Chowk has not been accepted by the Government.

The 14-year-old girl from Kunduli in Koraput district had alleged that she was gang raped by four unknown ‘persons in uniform’ on October 10, 2017. In December 2017, the Pottangi police, citing medical reports, had ruled out rape. She hanged herself to death on January 22, 2018 to get rid of public shame after Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) ADG Mahendra Pratap revealed before media that victim was not raped.

Amid State-wide public and political outcry, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered separate Crime Branch and judicial inquiries into the incident. The Koraput District and Sessions Judge was probing the incident.

After completion of the probe, the Commission submitted the report on September 20, 2018.


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