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Odisha rape case: Political parties protest over minor girl's death, allege negligence

Aug 09, 2013 11:55 PM IST India India
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Bhubaneswar: The 14-year-old girl who was gangraped and then set on fire, in Kendrapara district of Odisha succumbed to her injuries on Thursday. The death of the rape victim immediately sparked off violent protests in Bhubaneswar with Congress workers trying to break open the gate of the Odisha Health Minister Damodar Rout's home. The death of a 14 year old gangrape victim from Kendrapara has given the opposition parties ammunition to target the Biju Janata Dal government.

"The chief minister has no right to continue in office. She died because she did not get proper treatment," said Jaydev Jena, President, OPCC.

The victim was gang raped by two youth on July 28. One of the accused was reportedly in love with the girl's elder sister, but was upset over being rejected by her parents.

The young girl was raped and then set on fire. After several days the state government decided to airlift her for expert treatment in Delhi. But the airlift was aborted as her condition worsened. Her family alleges there was gross negligence in saving her.

"The doctors did not treat her well, otherwise she could have been saved," said the victim's father. Activists claimed that the girl had succumbed to injuries before being taken to the airport but the matter was only reported by the government only now to hide its negligence.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has promised a probe into the incident. But with local body elections round the corner, the opposition is keen to seek maximum political mileage. The Congress is now planning a massive rally of women activists on the August 20. In Odisha more than 1100 rape cases are registered every year whereas the conviction rate is less than one per cent. This explains to a great extent why the crime against women in the state is on the rise.