CM asks police to register rape FIRs or face action

Bhubaneswar: Worried over rise in atrocities against women and police inaction in some rape cases, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the Director General of Police to ensure that such cases were properly addressed.

"I have given strict instruction to the DGP to register all FIRs made by women. Particular attention must be given to the complaints made by women belonging to scheduled tribe, scheduled caste and minorities," Patnaik told reporters here. He also cautioned that stringent action would be taken against the police personnel defaulting in duties in registering and attending the cases relating to women.

Patnaik`s statement came in the wake of the rape and attempt to murder of a dalit girl at Pipli in Puri district, alleged police inaction in booking the culprits in the gang rape of a girl in Balasore district and rape and detention of another girl in Bhubaneswar. In all the three cases, charges were made against the police by the opposition parties and the civil society for siding with the accused persons while the victims had to run from pillar to post seeking justice. .

In Pipili rape case, the government had already suspended the police in-charge of Pipli police station who refused to register complaint made by the father of the dalit girl. Though the alleged rape and attempt to murder of the dalit girl incident took place on November 28, 2011, police registred a case only on January 9, 2012 after intervention of the State Human Rights Commission.

Similarly, the civil society alleged that police did not take action against the four accused of the gang rape of a girl in Balasore district though an FIR was lodged on November 3, 2011. The girl was allegedly raped by two persons on September 25, 2011 after being kidnapped by four persons.

In another case involving kidnapping, rape and detention of a girl in the state capital, the local Mahila Police was yet to take any action against the accused though the FIR was lodged two months ago, victim`s family alleged.