Bhubaneswar: BJP Mahila Moracha decided to demonstrate in all district headquarters in the state in protest of sexual harassment cases in children shelter homes. BJP accused BJD led state government of encouraging sexual abuse, girls trafficking and religious conversion in shelter homes.
In a press meet BJP Mahila Morcha state president Pravati Parida said that women activists will demonstrate and burn effigy of Women and Child Development minister Prafulla Samal in district headquarters. She also alleged that the minister and the state government knew everything.
Pravati Parida said,
We demand minister Prafulla Samal’s resignation. All these heinous crimes in shelter homes are being safeguarded by the state government. There are 26 number of such illegal shelter homes in Odisha out of which 15 were authorised by the state government.
Parida also accused BJD leader Sasmit Patra of encouraging religious crime. She said that Sasmit’s father was involved in Swami Laxmananand saraswati murder case. Patra himself is associated with many christian organisations. He is encouraging Fayaz rahman (Daddy) to expand his illegal shelter homes in the state, Parida alleged. The investigating authorities should also include Sasmit Patra as a party in the shelter home sexual harassment cases to reveal the truth, Pravati demanded.
In the press meet today here at BJP state office former minister Surama Padhi and state BJP Mahila Morcha vice president Niyati Giri were also present.