NCSC to Govt: Arrest police and docs in Pipili case

Bhubaneswar: Holding police and doctors responsible for the plight of the 19-year-old dalit rape victim of Pipili, the National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) on Sunday demanded arrest of the errant officials.

"Though the inspector-in-charge of Pipili police station has been dismissed from service, he should be arrested and sent to jail along with doctors who neglected treatment of the rape victim," NCSC Chairman P L Punia told reporters after meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Stating that "feudalistic tendencies" still prevailed in certain districts, Punia pointed out that while the police officer at Pipili police station did not register case against the accused persons, doctors at government hospital and in Capital Hospital here also neglected her treatment.

"It was shocking that the doctors at the SCB medical college hospital in Cuttack discharged the girl in an unconscious state leaving her to die," Punia said, adding the girl was given anti-venum injection.

"I doubt the doctors acted under pressure and did not treat the girl properly. The girl was not subjected to medical examination even as she was found unconscious and in nude state. The doctors are certainly responsible for the misery of the girl," he said.

The girl, who is struggling for surival, continues to remain at the ICU of the medical college hospital ever since she was admitted in January.

Reacting over the NCSC`s demand, Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said, "We are taking commission`s suggestions seriously."

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "Any one found guilty will certainly be taken into task, be it a police or a doctor."

Punia, who earlier in the day visited Latore village in Bolangir district, said that the houses of dalits were set afire by a section of people. Though some arrests had been made, the main accused still remained at large. .

Stating that the victims had been provided financial assistance from the Chief Minister`s Relief Fund (CMRF), Punia said they should be given adequate compensation under the provision of the Prevention of Atrocity Act.

Punia along with other officials of the NCSC also visited Kamadhenukote village in Dhenkanal district where upper caste people set fire the houses of some dalit families in the aftermath of the panchayat elections.

The NCSC chairman also expressed his displeasure over inadequate representation to dalits in the state services. Though the ratio of dalit population was above 16 per cent in the state, their represntation in service had been poor.