Wife to move OHRC after SCW closes torture case against Taradatt

Bhubaneswar: The moral turpitude case against senior IAS officer Taradatt brought by his wife Indulata Das today came to an abrupt end after the State Commission for Women (SCW) closed the case on the ground that it found no amicable solution to the matter despite making repeated efforts.

“The complaint was probed in all reasonable ways and sincere efforts were made for reconciliation. However, inspite of its best efforts, the commission has found out that no amicable resolution of the issue could be reached between you and your husband,” the commisson told Das in a letter yesterday.

“The commission hereby closes your case by observing that there is no appropriateness in furthering the case,” it said.

On the other hand, the letter of the commission has irked the bureaucrat’s wife. “It was waiting eagerly for the date of his retirement. When I warned the commission of sitting on dharna, it hurriedly shot off a letter mentioning closure of the case,” she said.

“Where is the question of an amicable solution when I had complained of a life threat?” she asked.

Hitting out at the SCW, she said “it is no more a Mahila Commission, but a Maila (dirty) commission.”

She said the advertisements and hoardings of the commission should be burnt down. “I appeal to all women’s organisations to set afire the hoardings and banners of the Commission. These are making fun of the victims of domestic violence like me,” she added.

She alleged that the commission was working at the behest of senior bureaucrats in a desperate attempt to protect their chair. “It is a rehabilitation centre of the ruling party,” Das maintained.

When asked whether she is satisfied with the previous hearings conducted by the commission, she pointed out that commission made a proceeding in support of Taradatt after recording the statements. “During the hearing, Taradatt had given no satisfactory answers to my questions. Still, a proceeding was made favouring him. Even the recorded statements were not given to me despite my repeated requests,” the complainant rued.

Angry over the commission’s activities, Indulata decided to move Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC). “My next course of action will be knocking the doors of OHRC”, she said.

Notably, Indulata had filed a case with the SCW suspecting her husband to be having an extra-marital affair. She had also filed a written complaint with the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell on December 5, 2014 alleging mental and physical torture by her husband and had sought police security fearing a threat to her life.