Justice P.K. Mohanty Requested to Reject Govt. Offer of Judicial Commission and Bar Associations Requested to Strengthen the Protest in the Matter of Pipili Gang Rape

Request to Justice P.K.Mohanty

The Orissa Gana Samaj comprising the united platform of media persons in Orissa – the Media Unity for Freedom of Press – and all Opposition parties and frontline civil society organizations of the State has requested Justice P. K. Mohanty not to accept the offer of the  State Government to act as the Inquiry Commission of Arjungoda (Pipili) gang rape case, which is one of the most heinous crimes against a dalit girl ever perpetrated under supportive canopy of the Government. Making it clear that the Commission is appointed “only to divert growing public anger and increasing demand for a CBI investigation into the case”, the OGS has urged upon Justice Mohanty to “decline offer of the Government in the interest of justice”.

Request to the Bar Associations

The OGS has also requested the members of all Bar Associations including the High Court Bar Association to join the mass protest rally to demonstrate today the wrath of public against official protection given to the rapists of Pipili in particular so far and the tactics contrived in shape of judicial inquiry to give the rapists indirect protection hereafter by delaying the possible actions under criminal laws, as the prosecution shall have to wait till the judicial investigations are over.

In an appeal, joint conveners of the OGS , Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das of MUFP have mentioned , ” it is a matter of great concern that the sexual harassment to women is rising in the State of Odisha every day. The increasing henious crime, needless to say, is due to inefficiency, acllousness and political intervension in the State police force. The occurrence in village Arjungoda under Pipili police station is one of the glaring example of such inaction of the Government. Every conseious citizen shall have to react and register their protest”.

As per the program, the protest would be offered in the form of procession start from Gopabandhu Bag, Cuttack on 24th January, 2012 in the morning at 10.30 a.m. and meeting at the end of it while handing over a memorandum to R.D.C. ( Central ) for the Government.

Historic Rally Against the Rape Raj: OGS Submits Memorandum to Governor In Absentia

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP), in its principled fight to protect freedom of press from nefarious design of the Minister hailing from Pipili where gang rape of a dalit girl by politically pampered crooks has driven her into coma, has earned unreserved support from patriotic persons of Orissa active in politico-social spectrum in the State.

A protest rally, from which the ruling party stayed away although the Pipili felony is too serious for politicians with concern for the people to stay away, despite obstructions created on its way by the police, gave the Governor a memorandum in absentia against the administration siding with the rapists.

The MUFP initiative has given birth to Orissa Gana Samaj under which banner the rally was organized on 16 January 2012. After the rally, it reviewed the outcome of the peaceful  demonstration participated by nine opposition political parties, social activists, poets, artists, lawyers, intellectuals, women organizations,  youth organization etc. in protest against the Pipili Gang Rape.

Representatives of Congress, BJP, CPI, CPI (M), CPI (ML) Liberation, CPI (ML), Forward Block, Samajbadi Party , Odisha Nagaraik Samaj, Chasimulaia Adivasi Sangh,Save Odisha Forum, CITU, Basti Surakhya Manch attended the review meeting and expressed their satisfaction over success of today’s  protest march and congratulated all for the success of the historic rally in which members of all opposition parties had participated.

The review meeting resolved that Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das, the joint
conveners of the Gana Samaj would brief the media about the various programs of the Samaj .

It was decided to send a team on behalf of the Gana Samaja to the village of the rape victim  to meet her family members and extend support to them.

The meeting also resolved to organize demonstrations in Cuttack on 21st January, in Sambalpur on 24th January and in Berhampur on 27th to protest against the Pipili gang rape incident.

It was also decided to appeal all political parties and civil society organizations to organize dharana and  hunger strike all over the State near statues of Mahatma Gandhi on  30th January ,2012.

It was further resolved to press upon  the Orissa Government to immediately implement the Supreme Court Guidelines on Section 3 and 4 of the S.C.S.T. Act. 1989.

Earlier, at 10.30 the protest rally had started from the Station Square as per its announced program.

For the first time in the history of Orissa political luminaries from all non-BJD parties had joined the rally without party flags, the Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) being the originator of the current protest.

The Government fidgeting in fear of the unprecedented public support to MUFP initiative against threat to freedom of Press from the Minister representing Pipili, refused to allow the rally have a Sit-in-Dharana in front of the Governor House and instead had insisted that the rally should return to the starting spot though the AG square.

But, in the AG square, the police tried to stop the march that further exposed the government’s anti-people and anti-democracy attitude.

The determined demonstrators drafted a delegation to the Raj Bhawan under leadership of the two MUFP leaders Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das, who also are joint conveners of the Gana Samaj to give a memorandum to the Governor.

Here is the copy of the memorandum, signed, besides the MUFP leaders, by delegates of the political parties and civil society organizations and submitted to the Governor in Raj Bhawan in absentia:

Shri Muralidhar Chadrakant Bhandare
Honourable Governor
Odisha State,
Raj Bhavan,

Respected Rajyapalji,

With deep shock and utter disbelief we the concerned citizens of Odisha would like to bring to your kind notice yet another fact which would shake and shatter any citizen’s minimum faith in the government and administrative system of the day. The Government has turned out to be nightmare for women of the state and this  has been abundantly
proved in the Pipli gang rape case and all other rape cases reported from across the state.

A dalit girl who could gather the courage to depose before the court in a rape case committed by powerful local elements with ruling party affiliations three years latter herself becomes a victim of gang rape and attempt to murder by the same forces. Not only that, the earlier victim also has mysteriously died giving rise to speculation of a well
thought out murder and not suicide as officially stated. The incidence that occurred on November 28, 2011 causing the gang rape and attempt to murder of the dalit girl who was witness to the rape of 2008 was also part a criminal conspiracy. In both  cases the complicity of the police  has been exposed. The way the police handled the whole case in the last three years and  the way the state run hospitals behaved with a dying victim of rape could no more be kept away from public eyes. The role of the local M.L.A, and Minister for Agriculture has come under strong suspicion.

Without wasting any further time as presumably you are aware of the developments in the Pipli gang rape case we would like to put forth the following demands with the expectation that as head of state in odisha you will kindly intervene at the earliest and put a check on the erosion of faith in the criminal justice of the State.

1. The dalit rape and attempt to murder victim of Pipli must be provided with all medical support and her recovery must be ensured keeping in mind the terrible reality that her death may destroy all hopes for punishing the criminals and criminalized political elements.

 She must be provided with a well proof security cover as there is always a threat to her life.
3. All ruling party elements connected with the crime/accused to be having links with the criminals must immediately be arrested and put behind bar.

4. Instaed of Crime Branch of the State Government , the case should be handed over to the  CBI for  investigation immediately.

5. All rape cases/gang rape cases in the state must be reviewed by an independent body and cases closed before judicial verdicts must be reopened.

6. All rape victims must be enabled to lead a normal life and they must be adequately rehabilitated including the Pipli gang rape victim.

7. Those who have died/got killed/committed suicide next of their kith and kin must be financially compensated.


Orissa Gana Samaj, a combine of media persons, creative thinkers, social activists, students and youth bigwigs, women organizations,writers and patriotic politicians of Orissa has resolved to raise voice against blatant misrule, distinctly defined in Pipili gang rape case in the context of the irresponsible police response and minister’s reaction thereto, through a protest march on 16 January, to begin with.

We post here below its appeal:

Dear Sir/Madam,

You might be aware about the unfortunate incident of gang rape in Pipili in which one of the victim committed suicide and the other victim is fighting for survival in the Central ICU of S.C.B. Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

A team comprising of leaders of all non-BJD political parties, social activists, women organisations, media persons, advocates visited the hospital today and discussed with the authorities of the College Hospital about the treatment of the victim. They urged upon the Doctors to ensure that the victim gets best of treatment and care so that she can survive .

To protest against the inhuman atrocity on the victims of Pipili , and rising cases of rape and murders of in different places of the State , and callousness of the Government, we are organising a protest rally to be followed by dharana on Monday, the 16th January, 2012.


The rally will start from Jaya Prakash Narayan Park ( Master Canteen ) at 10 a.m. and will go upto Raj Bhavan via Raj Mahal square.


After reaching Raj Bhavan, we will have a sit-on demonstration till 4 p.m.

We appeal to all citizens , irrespective of political affiliations, intellectuals, workers organisations, lawyers ,writers, artists, actors, women organisations etc. to join this protest march and express solidarity with the victim’s family.

Prasanta Patnaik,
Rabi Das,
Joint Convenors.