ROURKELA : Congress women activists on Tuesday sought the intervention of the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST) to probe the allegation of disrespect shown to women during a public meeting of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Mangaspur in Sundargarh district on Sunday.
Women activists of Rourkela unit of Congress, led by their president Pravati Mishra, gathered in front of the Rourkela Additional District Magistrate office protesting the police action of removing black stoles and scarves of the women before allowing them to enter the Chief Minister’s meeting venue.
Accompanied by Rourkela District Congress Committee (RDCC) president Biren Senapati, the agitators also submitted copies of memorandum, addressed to the NCW and the NCST, to Assistant Collector Charan Kishan.
Senapati also demanded an unconditional apology from the Chief Minister and appealed to the women of Sundargarh district not to attend any function of the ruling BJD until Naveen tenders apology for the act of the police.
Meanwhile, women wing members of Panposh organisational district of the BJP, led by president Smita Naik and general secretary Madhavi Jha, staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Rourkela ADM.
BJP’s Odisha unit executive member Pramila Das said the inquiry ordered by the BJD Government was nothing but hogwash. She demanded suspension of senior police officers under whose orders the dignity of women was violated.
Sundargarh unit Mahila Morcha members of BJP also held protest demonstrations before the Rourkela ADM’s office while Congress women wing members took out a protest march in Sundargarh town over the issue.