Kunduli suicide: Odisha on brink of shutdown amid outrage

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties have turned the heat on Odisha government over the suicide of Kunduli gang rape survivor with both Congress and BJP calling for ‘bandh’ & ‘hartal’ respectively tomorrow which is likely to bring the whole state into a standstill.

Terming the day of Kunduli gang rape survivor’s suicide as a ‘black day’ for Odisha, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Prasad Harichandan stated that Odisha government failed to provide justice to the survivor.

The party will observe a dawn-to-dusk bandh from 6 am and we urge people to support the peaceful agitation against the injustice meted out to the poor girl, said Harichandan.

“The girl died after 100 days of the incident. The State government failed to provide justice to the girl and our ‘Ideal CM’ Naveen Patnaik, who heads the Home department should resign on moral grounds,” said Harichandan.

Harichandan alleged that the survivor committed suicide as she was mentally tortured by police and other higher officials including the team of doctors and unfortunately the Crime Branch and HRPC had also ruled out rape.

Apart from Congress, the BJP today also announced to observe a 12-hour ‘hartal’ tomorrow in protest of State government’s failure in providing justice to the girl.

BJP also condemned police action on its party workers during a demonstration near Sishu Bhawan Chhak that was organised to protest the tragic death of the Kunduli gang rape survivor.

“BJP will continue its agitation till the Kunduli gang rape victim gets justice,” said BJP leader Prithviraj Harichandan.

Meanwhile, Odisha government has declared holiday for all schools and colleges on Wednesday, keeping in view the ‘hartal’ call, to ensure safety of students. Examinations if any will be shifted to a suitable date.