AIIMS experts arrive in Odisha to assist in Dalit girl rape case

Bhubaneswar: A team of experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has reached Odisha to assist in Pipili Dalit girl rape and attempted murder case on the invitation of the state Crime Branch police.

The four-member team, headed by Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine Department, has experts from areas of gynaecology, DNA and FMT, a senior official of Crime Branch of police said. "The team members conducted examination of the alleged rape victim from Pipili in Puri district who is undergoing treatment at the ICU of SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack," the official said.

The examination, conducted for medico-legal purpose, would be useful in the investigation into the alleged rape and attempted murder of the 19-year-old Dalit girl, crime branch sources said adding the team would give its report in due course.

Hospital officials go to Odisha to investigate Dalit girl rape case. AFP

As part of its probe, Crime Branch police have already conducted polygraph tests on all the four accused persons allegedly involved in the sensational case which had triggered state-wide outcry and led to the resignation of Pipili MLA Pradip Maharathy as state agriculture minister.

The four accused persons on whom lie detection test was conducted in two phases are: Prasanta Pradhan alias Pasei, Sukanta Pradhan alias Abua, Premananda Nayak and Buna Swain. The four youths who had been taken to CB custody in different phases for interrogation are now lodged in a sub-jail in Nimapada.

The four were accused in the rape and attempt to murder of the Dalit girl of Arjungada village in Pipili Police Station area of Puri district on November 28, 2011. Though the girl's family moved Pipli police station next day on November 29, the officer-in-charge concerned refused to receive the complaint which later lead to his dismissal from service.

The police finally registered a case on January 9, 2012 after a direction from State Human Rights Commission. The victim girl, in a semi-coma stage, is struggling for survival at SCB medical college hospital in Cuttack.

PTI


Updated Date: Jan 28, 2012 15:56 PM

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