CM Expresses Shock over Stoll/”Odhani” Removal Incident in Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Legislative Assembly today faced unruly scenes over the issue of black stoll removing incident.

After the incident came to light the Opposition members have been demanding apology and statement from CM. Even the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) women activists on December 6 staged a state-wide protest wearing black sarees.

Today, the BJP legislators obstructed the proceedings of the assembly by storming into the well of the house. BJP member Radharani Panda sought the Speaker’s permission to raise the issue was denied permission. As a result of which MLA Rabi Naik took to the podium and try to snatch the mic of the Speaker and subsequently the assembly proceedings was adjourned twice for 10 and 20 minutes, respectively.

Later CM Naveen Patnaik, who is also in charge of the home portfolio, expressed shock over the incident in the assembly and said, “I strongly share the concern of this august house on the issue of security personnel removing black ‘Odhani’ (Dupatta) of girls in a government programme in Sundergarh district on 4th of this month. When I came to know this incident, I was personally shocked. I called Home secretary and DGP and warned against such conduct which denigrates human dignity and warned against repetition. DGP has been asked to conduct an inquiry in to the matter and take appropriate action on the defaulting security personnel. Inspector General of Police, western Range, Rourkela is already enquiring the incident. My government is sensitive and fully committed towards empowerment and preserving the dignity of women. I am also against causing inconvenience to people while enforcing security protocol and had earlier directed police several times in this regard.”

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