BJP Mahila Morcha questions CM’s silence over DCW’s letter regarding girl’s rescue from Rajasthan

Bhubaneswar: BJP Mahila Morcha today came down heavily on the State government over the rescue of a minor girl of Sundergarh from Rajsthan after intervention of Delhi Commission for women (DCW).

At press meet, Mahila Morcha president Prabhati Parida said the girl who was trafficked to Rajasthan one year ago were rescued by DCW in two days. What was Odisha police doing for the last one year? Parida asked.

Due to the apathetic nature of Government, women’s trafficking is encouraged in State, she alleged. As many as 1465 kidnapping cases have been registered last year, she added.

This government is anti-women as the Chief Minister is sitting idle even as two days have passed since DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote to the chief minister, urging him for action against those involved in the trafficking, Parida said.

Swati in a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had stated that the girl’s father has alleged that soon after her disappearance, he had approached Odisha Police, whose personnel had traced the girl and brought her back to Odisha from Rajasthan.

“The concerned Child Welfare Committee directed the police to hand over the girl to the father. However, he has alleged that instead of handing over his daughter, the police officials in connivance with the traffickers facilitated the return of the girl to Rajasthan.

“Thereafter, over the last one year, he approached several authorities in Odisha…, but to no avail,” Maliwal said in the letter.

Maliwal said the girl was subjected to rape and abuse for over a year and somehow managed to contact her father, recently. They then informed the DCW and she was rescued. Currently, she has been housed in a shelter home in Delhi.

The DCW chairperson said that the alleged “connivance of Odisha Police in the trafficking of the girl is extremely serious”.

Maliwal has sought Patnaik’s intervention in the matter and urged him to ensure that the alleged traffickers as well as the police officials concerned are immediately arrested.


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