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Parental consent must for shifting Pipili victim to AIIMS: HC


BHUBANESWAR/CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Monday said parental consent was must to shift the alleged Pipili gang-rape victim from SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, to All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for further treatment. without the consent of her parents.

The HC gave the directive after perusing the status report submitted by the SCB Medical College and Hospital, where the 19-year-old victim is battling for her life. The SCB authorities reported to the court that the victim’s parents were unwilling to shift her to AIIMS. The SCB report added: “The girl’s condition, though static, is still critical. She does not need any super speciality treatment, but needs sophisticated investigation such as PET scan, which is not available at SCB Medical College and Hospital.”

“The HC observed the victim should not be shifted without the consent of her parents,” said lawyer Prabir Kumar Das, who recently filed a petition drawing the attention of the HC to the plight of the girl and her family.

“We tried our best to convince the parents, but in vain. We cannot understand why they are reluctant to shift her to AIIMS, though government is ready to bear their expenses,” Pipili tehsildar Abani Patnaik said.

The crime branch wing of Odisha police, the investigating agency in the case, on Monday laid hands on another accused in the sensational alleged gang rape of the 19-year-old girl, taking the total number of arrests to two.

Guna Swain alias Purnachandra fell in the police net a day after the prime accused Prashant Pradhan was arrested from Jatni, about 30 km from Bhubaneswar. Police said the other two absconding accused, Sukanta Pradhan and Premananda Nayak, would be caught soon.

Guna was arrested from his relative’s house on Pipili-Nimapada route, additional director general of police (crime branch) Abhay said. He was whisked away from Pipili and brought to the crime branch office in Cuttack for interrogation. “He would be produced in Pipili court on Tuesday,” crime branch SP (1) R C Behera said.

Hours after Guna’s arrest, the crime branch sleuths produced the main accused Pradhan in the court of judicial magistrate first class, Pipili, on Monday evening. Pradhan was sent to judicial custody following rejection of his bail plea. The crime branch took Pradhan on two-day remand for interrogation.

The four accused were booked under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and section 3 of SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocity) Act in connection with the November 28, 2011 case. The girl was found unconscious and semi-naked in a paddy field in her village on the fateful morning.

Though she has since slipped into coma and been battling for life in hospital, her family members alleged she was raped as she dared to become a court witness in another molestation case in 2008.

Incidentally, Guna was earlier arrested in connection with the 2008 molestation case, crime branch officers said. “He was a juvenile then. Another juvenile along with him was also arrested,” an officer said.

Though the police said the recent alleged gang rape was nothing to do with the 2008 case, the victim’s father said: “The accused persons had been threatening her not to become a witness. They raped her and tried to kill her.”

Meanwhile, the crime branch on Monday submitted a status report in the high court as per the latter’s direction. “The report contained the progress of the crime branch investigation into the Pipili gang-rape case so far,” SP Behera said. The state government had handed over the case to crime branch wing of the state police on January 10 following public outcry over inaction by the Puri district police.


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