2 minor girls face debilitating consequences of gender violence in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: While one succumbed, the other managed to survive not knowing whether she will be able to speak again or not. This is the tale of two minor girls who have gone on to bear the debilitating consequences of gender violence.

The minor girl, who was set on fire by two youths for protesting eve-teasing at Madhupur village in Narla, died in the wee hours of Tuesday while undergoing treatment at Ispat General Hospital (IGH) here.

The girl, who was torched for protesting eve teasing, is a student of TRW School at Madhupur under Lanjigarh block. The incident took place when she had gone to a nearby stream to attend nature’s call on Wednesday afternoon. Two youths, identified as Bulu Das and Shyama Sahoo of the same village, had passed lewd comments at her.

The girl had protested and informed the matter to her parents. Her mother then had cautioned the youths for the act.

Enraged by her mother’s warning, the two youths had abused the girl’s father in presence of others. Later in the evening when the girl was alone in her house, they trespassed and allegedly set her on fire after dousing her with kerosene oil.

Crime Branch (CB) of Odisha police have declared it as a red flag case and are continuing their investigation into the incident.

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According to sources, the Crime Branch is now probing the motive behind the attack and is investigating to find out others who could be involved in the crime. The CB will be taking the two arrested accused on a five-day remand.

Police have already arrested 6 persons including the parents of the accused.

“Two teams have been engaged in the investigation into the incident. While one team is at the Narla area the other is at Rourkela. Another team with an SP-rank officer will visit Kalahandi tomorrow. From tomorrow, three teams will conduct the investigation,” said Crime Branch ADG, BK Sharma.

In another such heinous crime, a 35-year old youth slit the throat of an 8-year-old girl and attempted to drink her blood in Aryapalli area of Ganjam district.

‘The accused slit her throat with a razor blade and was trying to drink her blood. Two people saw it and rescued the girl and took her to the hospital” said a kin of the victim girl.

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Though according to doctors, she is out of danger after battling for life at AIIMS Bhubaneswar, uncertainty looms large over her ability to speak again in life.

“Whether she could have her voice and breathe freely without support will be known after some time. However, she is out of danger now,” said Associate Professor of ENT department of AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Dr Pradeep Kumar Parida.