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Dalit women paraded nude in Orissa

25, Feb 2016

Feb 25, 2016 | Age Correspondent| Bhubaneswar
Arujnagoda village under Pipili block in Orissa’s Puri district, which was in news in 2012 for the alleged gangrape and murder of a dalit girl, has once again hit the headlines for wrong reasons. Two women belonging to the Scheduled Caste community were recently paraded naked and made to walk on the road by upper caste people. According to a belated report received on Wednesday, one Sachikanta Swain of the village on Sunday dug some pits in his land to construct a house. As he encroached a few yards of his neighbour Karna Sethy, the latter wife Nayani opposed it. This ensued in a serious scuffle. When Sachikanta tried to manhandle Nayani by dragging him by her hair, her sister-in-law (wife of husband’s younger brother) came out and protested. However, Sachikanta along with six-seven other anti-socials attached them with lathis and sharp weapons. They were seriously injured and admitted to local hospital. Later, they lodged complaint with the local police. The matter came to light after the women of the village gheraoed the police station on Wednesday protesting the police inaction. As per the complaint, Sachikanta hurled abusive at Nayani during the scuffle.
BJP state unit women chief Bijaylaxmi Mishra who on Tuesday visited Arjungoda village had a tiff with the police inspector Sushil Mishra over non-registration of the FIR.
The situation in Arjungoda improved after case was registered under the instruction from sub-divisional police officer Jayant Mohapatra.


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