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Odisha Panchayat polls: Dalit woman candidate allegedly misbehaved in Kendrapada
By Khirabdhi Tannaya  Published on: 01-Feb-2012 09:01:48
Place: Kendrapara
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Kendrapada (Odisha): A dalit woman  contesting for Panchayat Samiti member and her sister-in-law  allegedly misbehaved by some fellow villagers in Kendrapada block, said police.

Odisha Panchayat polls: Dalit woman candidate allegedly misbehaved in  Kendrapada

The victim has filed an FIR at Kendrapada sadar police station, sources said.

If sources are to be believed, a  32-year old dalit woman, Laxmipriya Sethy, contesting  for the Member of Panchayat samiti from Ayeba GP under  Kendrapada Block, alleged that some fellow villagers  on Tuesday night entered into her house, when she and her sister -in -law  jayanti Sethy  were only present in the house. 

The victim further alledged that the fellow villagers abused them and passed castiesm remarks  and later, the miscreants   made an attempt to  strip   them  with an intention to outrage their  modesty .But  the neighbours  congregated near her house  after they shouted for help ,as a result the accused  fled from the house, she said. 

The accused, who allegedly made an attempt to strip her, has been identified as Bijay Kumar Swain, Abhaya Kumar swain and Ayodhya Biswal  of Ayeba village.

The accused trio have allegedly  threatened to kill her family members by setting a fire to her house if she discloses the matter to anybody or would  lodge  an FIR in this regard at police station, said the victim.

Meanwhile, the victim Laxmipriya Sethy has brought the notice of the SDPO of Kendrapada, returning officer –cum  BDO of Kendrapada Block, state Election Commissioner  by urging to take stringent action against the accused persons.

The dalit woman, has also file complained to the State Human Rights Commission and  State  SC &ST commissioner  by filing petitions.

When contacted, the SDPO of kendrapada, Nrushingha Charan Swain ,stated that he has directed the IIC of Kendrapada Sadar police station to conduct an inquiry in this alleged matter and to take steps accordingly against the accused.

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