Bhubaneswar, November 9 ( Odisha.in ) Though a number of women organisations of the State have come to the street demanding justice for the Konark gang rape victim, silence of Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Pramila Mallick has raised many eye brows.
Members of the State Mahila Congress on Thursday took to the streets of the capital protesting and staging a demonstration at the PMG Square, demanding strict immediate action against the accused involved in the gang rape case, in which a 27-year-old woman was gang-raped on Sunday .
Addressing the gathering Asima Mahananda and other women leaders demanded heavy punishment for the accused persons and relief for the rape victims.
In the meanwhile, the rape victim and her two girl children have been rescued by eminent social activist Rutuparna Mohanty of Maa Ghar , Bhuabneswar , where they have been proved safe shelter.
Mohanty had approached State Mahila Commssion Chairman, Namita Panda to take up the case of the rape victim and to rehabilitate her and her children with honour in the quickest possible time.
Chandraprava Patnaik, Secretary of Utkal Mahila Samiti, Bhuabneswar in a statement has urged upon the Government to instruct the police to refer the case to a first track court for departing quick justice to the lady.
The poor lady whose husband has gone away from the State to work as a dadan labourer was earning her livelihood and looking after her two minor daughters by running a small tea shop in the village.
The heinous incident of gang rape near a world famous tourist place like Konark will definitely have bad impact on the tourism prospects of the State.
She has urged upon all the citizens of Orissa and members of all social and political organisations to condemn the incident with strongest possible words and urge upon the Government to provide adequate safety to the tourists in all the tourists spots of the State.
She has expressed her shock at the attitude of our political leaders irrespective of party affiliations as none have come forward to take up the causes of women, though it should be in their priority list.