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Assault on Lady Cop: Judicial Probe Needed, Says NCW Member Dr. Walikhanna

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National Commission for Women (NCW) member Dr. Charu Walikhanna addressing media persons in Bhubaneswar on Thursday
National Commission for Women (NCW) member Dr. Charu Wali Khanna

National Commission for Women (NCW) member Dr. Charu Walikhanna addressing media persons in Bhubaneswar on Thursday
National Commission for Women (NCW) member Dr. Charu Walikhanna addressing media persons in Bhubaneswar on Thursday
Bhubaneswar:National Commission for Women (NCW) member Dr. Charu Walikhanna on Thursday urged for a judicial inquiry into the incident of thrashing of a lady cop, Pramila Padhi, during the ‘Parivartan’ rally organised by Congress Party for the Gherao of the Odisha assembly on September 6.

Dr. Walikhanna, after visiting the injured lady cop told media persons in a press meet that the whole episode is unfortunate for the State. She, however, clarified that no political party would be held responsible for the incident. The incident occured due to presence of certain criminal elements in the crowd.

Dr. Walikhanna also expressed her concern over the police inability to arrest the criminal elements who were seen thrashing and assaulting the lade constable in the video broadcasted in several TV Channels. “It is unfortunate as the police failed to arrest the accused involved in the attack till now,” she said.

Dr. Walikhanna is accompanied by probe panel member Manasi Pradhan, a social activist. They will also meet the Director General of Police, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and the Secretary of Women and Child Development Department to examine the case in more details.

She will produce the investigation report to the National Women Commission within ten days.

Meanwhile, the team also has plans to visit the family of deceased Pipili gangrape victim, Babina Behera who died on June 21 this year after remaining in coma over a period of six months. Even though the commission had intervened in the case soon after it came in media, it is yet to receive official information from the State government regarding the death of Babina Behera, said Dr. Wallikhanna.

Source: 360 NS