The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Mahila Morcha on Saturday demanded immediate arrest of former Law Minister Raghunath Mohanty and his family members including his son Rajasree in the alleged dowry torture case.
Assailing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for giving protection to the former minister, national BJP secretary of the Morcha Surama Padhi said at a media conference here that Mohanty should have been arrested soon after he tendered his resignation to the Chief Minister.
“The Chief Minister who is also in charge of the Home Department has failed in his duty to protect the interest of Barsa Sony, the victim of dowry torture and daughter-in-law of Mohanty,” Padhi said. The allegations made by Barsa against her in-laws are quite serious and by handing over the case to the Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC), the Chief Minister is trying to protect the former minister, Padhi said.While the Chief Minister is talking about women empowerment, Padhi said he is doing exactly opposite.
The former BJP minister said Mahila Morcha will be forced to take the issue to the streets if the Government fails to arrest Mohanty and his family members before Monday. The agitation will continue till the BJD Government is ousted from power, she added.