Odisha Human Rights Commission Orders For Rs 50,000 Interim Aid To Victim related to kunduli rape case

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Report by Nishapati Nayak, Koraput: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the State SC & ST Department to make all necessary arrangements to grant an interim aid of Rs 50,000 to the Kunduli minor gang rape victim and her admission in the Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) in Koraput.

In addition, the Commission also directed the Odisha Crime Branch to submit a probe report in the case within 4 weeks and scheduled the next hearing in the case on November 27.

The OHRC directive followed after the appearance of the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLN) Superintendent, Dr Sitaram Mohapatra this morning, in which the latter submitted the medical report of the victim along with the bed head reports.

Mohapatra’s appearance came in pursuance of a summon issued by OHRC on November 6, in which the latter told him to submit a detailed report on the treatment provided to the victim at the SLN Hospital, following her gang rape by a group of four men dressed in central paramilitary force jawans’ uniform on October 10.

The appearance of the Superintendent, also held significance taking into account the fact that the ADG HRPC of Odisha Police, Mahendra Pratap had already claimed that the medical report of the victim didn’t establish any gang rape as alleged by the victim.

Meanwhile, a four-member team of Odisha Crime Branch (CB) which had reached Koraput last night has started its probe. In the first phase of its investigation, the team headed by Saubhagya Laxmi Patnaik visited the Sunabeda Police Station this morning and had a discussion with the IIC on the gang rape case. It also examined various reports pertaining to the gang rape investigation.

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