Bhubaneswar, July 12 (LocalWire): Odisha Assembly today witnessed an uproar over the gang rape of a minor tribal girl in Puri.
A teenaged tribal girl had been allegedly raped on 9 July inside a stationary bus in the pilgrim town. The minor’s rape had triggered a political storm and public outrage in the state, with the opposition BJP and the Congress, seeking a reply from the ruling BJD.
Earlier, the alleged pregnancy of four tribal girls in a state-run hostel had been raised in the Assembly with the opposition demanding a statement from the government.
Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra, who raised the issue of the rape in Puri, chided the government for its abysmal failure in ensuring the safety of girls and women in the state.
Though over 10,000 policemen are deployed in Puri for peaceful observance of Rath Yatra, the cops could not ensure the safety of a poor tribal girl, he said.
On an average, seven women are being raped in Odisha. Ironically nine accused are convicted in a year despite the state accounting for over 2,000 rape cases, he pointed out.
The justice delivery system in the state has virtually collapsed with huge backlog vacancies in government-appointed lawyers in various courts, he added.