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Girl held for Maoist activities accuses police of rape

india Updated: Oct 02, 2010 23:23 IST
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A tribal girl who was arrested from Orissa's Gajapati district on the charge of being involved in Maoist activities has alleged in court that she was gang-raped by five policemen.

The girl's father, Dakasa Majhi, had filed a complaint in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, R Udaygiri.

The court has held one hearing on September 18 so far after the complaint was lodged.

The girl, in her statement to the court on September 18 had alleged that five policemen had raped her in a jungle on way to a police station.

An organisation working against repression of women in conflict zones, which has taken up the cause of the 20-year-old girl at a press conference on Saturday said she was arrested for Maoist activities at Jadingi village under Adava police station area on February 12.

A member of the Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), Anuradha Talwar, who met the girl at the R Udaygiri jail where she had been lodged since February 13 also alleged that the girl was gang-raped by five policemen while she was being taken to a police camp from Jadingi.

The incident, according to women activists, came to light only after the girl revealed it to her parents in August.

Stating that the incident had been reported to the Orissa Chief Minister, state commission for women, state human rights commission and chief justice of the Orissa High Court, the WSS activists said they would take it with the National Commission for women and other bodies at Delhi.

Superintendent of Police Gajapati Sanjiv Arora rubbished the allegation stating that he had no knowledge about it.

"No one, neither the girl nor her father, made any complaint of rape," Arora told PTI over phone.