Monthly Archives: May 2018

Minor rape survivor ends life in Sambalpur

A minor girl, who was allegedly gang-raped by six persons in Sambalpur’s Sasan police jurisdiction, committed suicide by hanging herself on Wednesday.

The minor girl hanged herself in her room while other family members were away. She was gang-raped by six persons May 2. All the six accused in the case were arrested and languishing in jail.

She might have lost her mental balance after going through the ordeal and took the extreme step, sources said.

On the other hand, in view of the sensitivity of the case, the police concluded the investigation process and filed the charge-sheet against the accused in the court within 15 days. However, the suicide of the survivor has shocked one and all.

According to sources, the accused persons had forcibly taken the girl and gang-raped her on May 2. She was rescued in a critical condition.

After the arrest of the accused, their medical examinations were conducted which confirmed the rape. As the case was filed under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the charge-sheet was filed in 15 days for speedy trial of the case.

Iswar Meher, a perfectionist of Sambalpuri Handloom

It took him three months to design and weave a Sambalpuri saree which he named ‘Brukshya Debata’ utilising natural colours. The intricately designed saree speaks about the importance of trees in maintaining ecological balance.

Apart from the design of different varieties of trees, Lord Brahma, Lord Bishnu and Lord Shiva have been portrayed meditating under the trees of banyan, peepal and rudrakshya respectively on the saree. And the saree with natural colours of black and brown has fetched him `1.2 lakh. The saree has been weaved by 53-year-old master craftsman Iswar Meher of Katapali village, 8 km from Bargarh town. He is known for his craftsmanship of Sambalpuri saree and registered as a master weaver under Sambalpuri Bastralaya Handloom Cooperative Society Limited.

Iswar is a perfectionist in Bandha Kala (tie and dye), which is core to Sambalpuri handloom products. This has helped him carve a niche in designing and weaving sarees and dress materials. Having dropped out after Class-III, Iswar learnt the nuances of weaving at an early age from his paternal uncle Kunja Bihari Meher and started weaving independently at the age of 12. He has created a number of designs using both traditional and theme-based motifs and recreated them successfully on yarn.

“I have produced more than 2,500 saree designs in Sambalpuri Ikat besides many designs for dress materials. Of the 2,500 saree designs, around 300 are intricately designed,” he says.“I have designed many sarees based on different plants and trees. ‘Brukshya Debata’ based on trees is one of my best creations,” he says. The price of sarees woven by Iswar ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1.2 lakh.

Iswar won the national award instituted by Ministry of Textiles in 2006 for his craftsmanship in making ‘Bahana Cotton Saree’. The design of the saree is based on different ‘Bahana’ (animal vehicle) of Hindu God and Goddesses.

Prior to this, he had received the ‘Best Weaver of the Year-2005’ by Sambalpuri Bastralaya.
Iswar has also provided guidance to 1,040 semi-skilled weavers and honed their weaving skills to help them economically. At present, he is busy creating another masterpiece saree ‘Subhra Bastra’, which is based on sloka pertaining to Goddess Saraswati, to enable him to apply for the prestigious Sant Kabir award.

Life imprisonment for killing DGM of Paomex Steels Ltd

District and Session Judge of Sambalpur gave life imprisonment to Kumar Bag in the charge of killing of DGM of a private company Paomex Steel at Titilagarh. 15 peoples are acquitted for lack of evidence.

According to the prosecution on March 3, 2011 the disgruntled labourers set fire to the vehicle of the Paomex Steels Ltd DGM Radheshyam Ray while he was on his way home for lunch.

The DGM managed to come out of the vehicle but he was first rushed to Balangir Hospital in a critical condition. He was then shifted to the then VSS Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries.

The labourers were protesting against the reduction in wages and depriving other benefits to the workers under the Labour law.

The Titlagarh Police arrested a large number of workers for their alleged involvement in the case and framed charge sheet against 52 workers of the company.

On the request of the Paomex Steels, the Supreme Court directed for trial of the case in Sambalpur court instead of Balangir for safety point of view and directed to complete the trial of the case by June 2018.