Orissa HC Rejects MLA Raghunath Mohanty’s Writ Petition in Dowry Harassment Case #Vaw


March 20, www.ibtimes.co.in/.

Orissa High Court rejected former law and urban development minister Raghunath Mohanty’s plea to overturn the FIR lodged by his daughter-in-law against him and his family.

Mohanty had filed a writ petition under section 482 of CrPC. The HC also did not grant immunity to Mohanty and his family and asserted that any police action in this case will be deemed proper.

“Since the ingredients of offence under section 498-A and 506 of IPC are made out prima facie against the petitioners, the prayer to quash the proceedings against the petitioners is not maintainable. Hence the writ petition is dismissed,” said Justice Raghuvir Dash in his verdict.

“Since the writ petition from which the miscellaneous case arises having been dismissed, this court is not inclined to give any direction (to the police) not to take any coercive action against the petitioner.”

After this verdict police may arrest Mohanty.

Over a week ago, Mohanty’s daughter-in-law Barsha Sony Mohanty alleged that she was tortured physically and mentally for dowry a few days into her marriage in June 2012. She claimed that ₹10 lakh worth of cash and jewellery were given as dowry, but her in-laws further demanded ₹25 lakh and a Scorpio car.

Following this, the BJD MLA submitted his resignation to Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Barsha filed the case against Mohanty, his wife Pritilata, son Rajasree and other members of the family, at Balasore police station.

Mohanty is an MLA from Batsa constituency in Balasore district and is in his fifth consecutive term. He also held important ministerial posts for Parliamentart Affairs, Steel and Mines, and Industries departments.

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Woman judicial officer found dead in Odisha #Vaw


 HT
Balasore, March 16, 2013
 
Body of a judicial officer was today recovered from her official residence at Rajabagicha in Balasore town, police said here. Body of 32-year Anupama Behera, an officer of the Odisha Judicial Service, who used to stay alone, was recovered this morning, they said. “A scientific  
team and a sniffer dog have been engaged to investigate the death Behera. The body has been sent for autopsy,” a police officer said. 

Police came to know of the incident last night. They sealed the house and deployed a police guard outside the residence this morning, the officer said.

Though preliminary investigation suggests it could be a case of smothering and homicide, details would be known after autopsy, the police said.

As the body was getting decomposed it is suspected that it must have been lying there for over 24 hours, the officer said.

Anupama Behera, an officer of the Odisha Judicial Service (OJS), was posted as Process Inspector in the District Judicial Court at Balasore.

She was staying alone as her husband is a doctor posted at Kanasa in Puri district.

She had recently been transferred to Koraput as Sub-judge and was to join there on March 25.

 

NHRC moved over chaining of mentally-ill woman #Vaw


J. BALAJI, The Hindu, Feb 15,2013

In a most heart-rending situation, a poor family (parents) in Odisha’s Balasore district has chained their 30-year-old mentally challenged daughter in a bamboo grove just because she behaves violently and they do not have money for her treatment.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident based on a media report, issued notices to the Odisha Chief Secretary and Balasore District Collector seeking reports about the girl and the steps taken by the government for her medical treatment within two weeks.

The media report was forwarded by NHRC’s Special Rapporteur (East Zone-I) Damodar Sarangi seeking intervention of the commission.

The woman, belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL), is residing with her parents in village Jirtala or Kasba Jaypur G.P. in Balasore district. She has been suffering from mental illness for the last over six years. She has been resorting to violence and assaulting people quite often. To ward off further trouble, the villagers along with her family members have chained her to a bamboo grove.

 

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