Leader of Opposition Mr Narasingha Mishra came down heavily on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly over the rising instances of atrocities on women and rape cases.

At one point in time Mishra said the indifference of the government is evident as the CM read out his reply and left the House without bothering to listen to the debate. Are we here to raise issues when the CM does not even sit to hear others, he questioned.

The CM who had left, returned to take his seat and sit through the discussion. Mishra went on to chide the CM for his references to Maoists situation being under control.

The issue is rising rape cases – six girls are raped every day and only six accused are convicted per year, he charged. Several member of the Opposition Congress and BJP denounced the government on the law and order front as far as women atrocities are concerned.

CM Naveen Patnaik said protection of women, children and weaker sections of the society is a priority. Prompt registration of cases, professionalism in investigation and dispensing quick justice to the victims have always been our utmost priority, he stated.

Police authorities have been instructed to take strong and adequate legal action in offences against women and girl children like outraging of modesty, eve teasing, molestation, acid attack, sexual harassment, voyeurism, stalking etc.

Special Public Prosecutors are appointed to ensure speedy and efficacious trial in these cases, he said. Installation of CCTVs is also being ensured in all large public foot fall places such as malls, cinema halls, big shops, bus stands etc. at the cost of respective owners and organisations.

He said dedicated women and child helplines are functional all over the state. The government is committed to provide safety and security to the women and girl children, he iterated.