Bhubaneswar: Koraput-based Central University of Orissa (CUO) Vice-Chancellor Prof Sachidananda Mohanty on Wednesday dedicated a lecture entitled ‘Participatory Governance: Issues and Challenges’ to the memory of late Itishree Pradhan, a young and aspiring teacher from a modest background, who met with an untimely and tragic death in 2013 in Rayagada.
Maintaining that “It is a collective shame”, Prof Mohanty observed that, “A young and promising woman’s life was snuffed out due to indifference and callousness of our existing social order”.
“Itishree Pradhan’s death is a wakeup call for the entire state. We should collectively mourn such a death and commit ourselves to the educational upliftment of women commensurate with their safety and dignity” he declared.
On October 27, 2013, unidentified miscreants poured kerosene on Itishree who was posted at the Tikiri Upper Primary School on a contractual basis for a monthly salary of Rs 4000, and set her ablaze in her hostel in the school premises in Rayagada district. She succumbed to her injuries in a Vizag hospital on November 1, 2013. The state government ordered Crime Branch probe into her death on November 2, 2013 following a State-wide public outcry.