The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Orissa Police on Saturday filed the chargesheet in the alleged gangrape of a 18-year-old Dalit girl in Pipili block of Puri district,which caused a furore in the state last year,saying the victim was not subjected to rape or gangrape but an attempt was made to murder her.
The victim,who is in a state of coma,is currently undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. There has been no positive change in her health,according to doctors treating her.
The victim was found unconscious on November 28 last year,hours after she went out of her house for morning ablutions. It was alleged that some local youths gangraped her and then tried to strangulate her.
The political storm following revelations of alleged police inaction in the case led to the resignation of agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy and dismissal of Pipili police station inspector Amulya Champatiray.
The case became political with the State Commission for Women saying it was not a rape case and the National Commission for Women rubbishing the SCW report. Last week,National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman P L Punia demanded Maharathys arrest,accusing him of harbouring the accused.
But the CID,which investigated the case,has now contended that the allegation of rape could not be substantiated as the medico-legal examination of the victim by a medical board of AIIMS ruled out such allegations.
Chemical examination of victims garment did not find semen stains. The medical board of AIIMS was unable to come to a finding on rape due to lapse of time.
Apart from the allegations in the FIR,which is based on mere suspicion,no piece of evidence has come substantiating the allegation of rape, the police stated in the chargesheet,filed against main accused Prashant Pradhan and his brother Sukanta Pradhan before the court of judicial magistrate first class Pipili.
The police in its chargesheet said Prashant Pradhan was friendly with the victim and a few months prior to the incident,he came under the impression that she was avoiding him. On November 29 last year,Prashant used the dupatta of the victim to try and strangulate her.
Police said Prashants brother had only threatened victims family members.