BERHAMPUR: Arati Majhi was released from circle jail on 17th July y. The district and sessions court, Paralakhemundi, acquitted Arati and Shyama Majhi, one of her associates, in all seven cases of Maoist violence for lack of evidence.”The court had earlier acquitted her in the burning of a bus of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation at Raipanka in Gajapati district on December 28, 2009,” according to the lawyer Upendra Nayak.
Maoist mediator Dandapandi Mohanty was also implicated in the case and arrested, he added. Arati was arrested in February, 2010, from her house at Jadinga in Gajapati, a few days before her marriage.
WHO IS ARATI MAJHI ?
Arati Majhi,is a tribal girl from Gajapati dist. of Odisha,allegedly gang raped by police forces after arrested on so called sedition case in 2010 And still in jail. Lower court had dismissed her rape case on the ground of police inquiry only and denied the bail.
The police force had raided her village house in search of her older sister who was in Maoistsquad .After
not finding her ,they took Arati to the police station and gang raped her on the jungle way as she compained.Her
voice is yet to be listened because the policed filed her as a Maoist.
Finally justice for this poor adivasi girl ?
(Her sister was murdered in Basangmali encounter in 2011.)
On Jan 8th 2013 , the Odisha HC Iissued notice to government on Arati Majhi rape case,asking the government counsel to file counter to a petition filed by Daksha Majhi, who has alleged that his daughter Arati Majhi was gang-raped by the CRPF and State police in custody after she was arrested during a combing operation.
Seeking to quash a lower court order that had rejected his plea to direct the police to register the gang-rape incident and investigate into it, the petitioner has approached the High Court seeking CBI enquiry into the whole incident and for a damage of Rs. 10 lakh from the State government.
When the matter came up for hearing before the single-judge Bench of Justice B.K. Nayak on the day, the government counsel sought at least two weeks time to file the counter.
The HC however, granted one week to the State government and fixed hearing of the case next week after the government counter affidavit is received.
The petitioner, a native of Jadingi village under Adava police station of Gajapati district, has alleged that his 21-year-daughter Arati was dragged from his house on February 12, 2010.
“Police personnel from CRPF and SOG raped his daughter on their way to police station and lodged her in jail after implicating her in false cases and brandishing her as a Naxal cadre”, the petition said adding that since then Arati is languishing in Berhampur jail as an UTP.
The petition further said that when the police refused to register a case against the rape accused, he had approached the R. Udayagiri judicial magistrate court in August 2012, which in the meantime has turned down his petition.
It may be mentioned here that the lower court decided the case late last year only after an order from the High Court.