Naveen Patnaik urged to make a statement on rising incidents of crime against women

The proceedings of the State Assembly were stalled by the legislators of opposition Congress on Thursday as they raised the issue of crime against women in the House for the third consecutive day.

The legislators raised the issue as yet another alleged gangrape was reported was reported from Kendrapara district. They stormed into the well of the House as soon as the Question Hour began in the morning.

The slogan-shouting legislators also raised the issue of sexual harassment of girls at a school by the Headmaster in Balasore district.

The Headmaster was arrested on Wednesday.

Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the proceedings as the Opposition legislators attempted to climb on the Speaker’s podium in their attempt to stall the proceedings. They demanded that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should make a statement on the issue of increase in the crimes against women in different parts of the State.

The Speaker first adjourned the House till 12.45 p.m. and later till 3 p.m. Normalcy, however, returned in the House in the post-lunch session.

Dowry case

The Opposition stalled the Assembly on March 15 and 16 demanding arrest of former Law Minister Raghunath Mohanty following registration of a dowry harassment case against him, his son, and other family members on the basis of a complaint filed by his daughter-in-law Barsha Sony Chaudhury.

Mr. Mohanty had resigned to his post on moral grounds the day after the registration of the case at Balasore town police station.


  • The issue of alleged gangrape in Kendrapara district was raised

  • Normalcy returned in the House in the post-lunch session