Woman journo allegedly molested in moving bus in Odisha, probe begins

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 30:

A day after a young woman journalist was allegedly molested in a moving bus in Odisha, police today began probe into the incident.

This comes after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed Twin City Commissioner to inquire into the matter and initiate action against the culprit.

“Based on her Facebook posts, we have begun a probe into the incident. Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora would lead the probe,” Twin City Commissioner police YB Khurania informed media.

The matter came to light when the woman took to the social media on Wednesday to describe her ordeal.

The incident took place when the victim was returning from her village in Kendrapara to Bhubaneswar by a private bus.

Surprisingly, while the fellow passengers and the bus conductor did not help her, even the frantic calls to police and women helpline went unattended.

“I was alone among 60 passengers in a moving bus, no one turned up… The conductor just consoled me saying ‘I have asked him to be decent, please sit peacefully’. However, I called 100 but the answer was ‘this number can’t be reached’,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

“I later called the so called woman helpline no. 1091 of Cuttack but no one took the pain of answering,” she added.

She said the state government and police are answerable for the incident.

“Today, a rape could have been successfully attempted and the so called helpline numbers given to us for any untoward situation would have only helped the rapist to enjoy his misdeed… Am I responsible because I m a girl???? Shame on humanity!!!!!” she further wrote. (With IANS inputs)

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