10 years later, gang-raped Pipili has yet to get justice: Congress

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Reopening the unsolved Bebina gang rape case in Pipili that rocked Odisha in 2011, the Congress party on Thursday raised questions about the state government’s intention.

Speaking to the media, Congress Spokesperson Nishikant Mishra said: “It has been almost 10 years since Bebina, 19, was gang raped and murdered. But his family has yet to get justice.

Mishra alleged that “Judge PK Mohanty’s commission, set up to investigate the case, submitted the report to the state Home Office in 2015. But all the defendants were released after the branch of crime failed to collect enough evidence against them.

“However, the state government should have presented the Commission’s report to the Assembly. But the government did not make the report public, nor did it apprehend the culprit,” he alleged.

Bebina, from Arjungoda village in Pipili, Puri district, was found half-naked and unconscious near her house on November 29, 2011. As family members alleged gang rape and attempted of assassination, the police registered an FIR on January 9, 2012 after the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission.

The incident quickly snowballed into a major controversy and also resulted in the loss of a cabinet minister, the dismissal of an IPS officer and the dismissal of a police inspector.

The girl died on June 21, 2012, after fighting for her life in hospital for more than five months.

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