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Odisha Cong MLA resigns over Kunduli gangrape incident

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria on Tuesday resigned as member of the Assembly, protesting "injustice" meted out to an alleged gangrape victim of district, who committed suicide earlier this year.

A 14-year-old girl in Kunduli area of district had alleged that she was gangraped by four men in uniform in October, last year. The police, however, ruled out rape, citing her medical reports.

The girl subsequently committed suicide by hanging on January 22, triggering sharp reactions from many quarters.

Stating that he had announced his decision to quit as a on October 30, Sagaria, who represented assembly segment, said he met P K Amat on Tuesday morning and submitted his resignation letter.

"I have quit the membership of Assembly, as I feel I have no moral right to continue as an MLA, having failed to ensure justice in Kunduli gangrape and suicide incident," the told reporters.

Sagaria also said that the hasn't reacted to his move as yet.

Amat was not immediately available for comment.

The Dalit leader, however, clarified he would continue to work for the

He said he was deeply pained to have learned about the fate of the 14-year-old Kunduli girl, earlier this year.

"Being the local representative, I was morally responsible to ensure justice for her," he noted.

Holding the BJD-led responsible for the incident, the Congress had earlier alleged that the investigation was "hushed up" by the police.

He vowed to reach out to the people of to generate create awareness about the "increasing atrocities and crimes against women" in the state.

"I will tell people about the inaction on the part of the in providing justice and security to women," he had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 13:20 IST
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