Bhubaneswar: The women wing of Odisha Congress today upped the ante against minister Pradeep Maharathy and stormed into his house by throwing eggs and tomato as a mark of protest against his controversial statement over the court verdict on sensational Pipili gang-rape and murder case that was delivered on December 24.
Holding brooms in hands, hundreds of activists of women wing of Congress tried to barge into the official residence of the minister when he was not present in the house. They threw eggs and tomatoes, demanding his unconditional apology and resignation as a minister for insulting entire women community through his statement for a rape and murder victim. “The protest would be intensified in coming days if he doesn’t resign from his post and apologises unconditionally. Today, we just showed trailer. More would happen in coming days,” Mahila Congress president Sumitra Jena said.
“Not only eggs and tomatoes, but also slippers and shoes will be thrown. He should be slapped with slippers. We even hate to spit on his face. He has not moral right to remain in a prestigious position”, another Congress activist said.
The women personnel of Commissionerate police had a tough time to prevent the irate Mahila Congress members as they faced off with the security personnel. The police brought the situation under control after taking the protesters into preventive custody.
What irked the women wing of Congress is the sarcastic statement of minister Maharathy who hailed the acquittal of accused in the gang rape and murder of 19-year-old dalit girl of Pipili. A day before, the minister created a flutter by saying that victim and her family members got justice after court acquitted two accused siblings in the case.
Hailing the court’s verdict, Maharathy had said truth has finally prevailed. “My sympathies are with the victim, but I respect the court’s verdict. I had then told that truth will prevail,” he said.
When asked, who had killed the rape victim, he said “it is time. And you (media) all are distorting the fact”.
Notably, the first additional sessions court acquitted Prashant Pradhan, the key accused and his brother Sukant for want of evidence in sensational rape and murder case that had taken place in Pipili of Puri district in 2011-12.