Puri gang rape: Congress, BJP against Odisha government

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has become a patron in Odisha, should resign for his failure to ensure the safety of girls and women, accusing both BJP and Congress of intensifying their opposition to the alleged gang. Rape of a minor girl in Puri.
Members of BJP Mahila Morcha took out a rally in Bhubaneswar today and marched towards Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Niwas. However, he was stopped by the police near Airport Road and a scuffle broke out between the saffron party workers and the police. Following the furcas, the police allegedly took several women Morcha activists into preventive custody, including their chief Praveeti Parida.
Criticising both the police and the ruling-BJD, Parida said, “At a time when girls are being raped inside police quarters and by policemen, can’t we even question the CM who is in-charge of the Home Department? The government has failed to give justice to the victims. On whose power and support, the protectors here have become predators?”
Odisha is turning into a dangerous place for girls and women. Even after 20 years of stable BJD government, CM Naveen has failed to ensure safety and security for women, alleged Parida. “There are allegations against 272 police stations that they are for not listening to women’s complaints. Even the State government has failed to utilise the Nirbhaya Fund. We want to ask the CM why ‘Khaki’ is behind most of the crimes against women in Odisha,” she added.On the other hand, activists of NSUI, the students’ wing of Congress, hurled tomatoes at the official residence of MoS (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra in Bhubaneswar today demanding his resignation over the Puri gang rape case. They also threatened to hurl tomatoes at CM Naveen and his residence.
Earlier on Tuesday, Interim DGP Satyajit Mohanty had said that a case has been registered based on the statement of the girl and a charge-sheet will be filed as soon as possible to ensure speedy justice to the survivor.

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