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India’s Youngest MP Chandrani Murmu Justifies Police Action Against OTV Reporter

Bhubaneswar: Lok Sabha Member from Keonjhar, Chandrani Murmu has released a video today in which she said that police action against the Reporter of OTV is ‘justified’.

Murmu, the youngest MP in Indian Parliament, released her video statement, a day after a senior reporter of OTV was reportedly detained by police. According to reliable sources, the police action was in connection with circulation of a morphed obscene video in April 2019.

The video, purportedly Murmu’s, was circulated on social media when she was the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) nominee from Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat. Subsequently, Murmu who was 25-years-old then, clinched the reserved Keonjhar seat by defeating a two-time MP Ananta Nayak.

Below are the excerpts from Murmu’s video statement:

“I am an unmarried tribal lady and the youngest MP in India who has been mentally harassed and tortured by OTV reporters and others who made viral a morphed and obscene video of mine, with the malicious intent to defame, harass and mentally torture me.”

“After this tragic incident, the police during investigation arrested an OTV junior reporter along with others. The OTV junior reporter named Shri Ramesh Rath, as the perpetrator of the crime.” However, while the police is questioning Ramesh Rath about the crime, there are attempts to save him by claiming it to be an attack by the Government, she added.

The questioning of Ramesh Rath is being portrayed as an attack on media and journalism, said Murmu adding, “I want to ask the National media, if your daughter or sister’s morphed or obscene video was made viral by a journalist, would you have pardoned that journalist, just because he was a journalist?”

“As a tribal lady, my honour and dignity was defamed in public. When will I get justice? If today, the youngest MP of India, who is also a tribal lady is crying before the public to get justice, you can well imagine the fate of women in India.”

“I urge the National media not to fall prey to false narratives. If justice is not provided to me, it will be a sad day for Indian democracy and the future of women in India will be extremely dark,” she added.

Meanwhile, in a press release, OTV has termed the reported police action as harassment. “Baseless allegations and FIRs are being filed. The Senior Journalist was picked up without any notice or warrant,” OTV’s statement signed by Operating Officer Litisha Mangat read.

Chandrani Murmu, Lok Sabha Member, Keonjhar, Odisha

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