Minor gangraped, lodges complain
Berhampur (Odisha), March 28 (PTI): A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by five people, including a cousin for over a week in a forest in Odisha’s Ganjam district, police said today.
The girl along with her father gave a detailed account of her ordeal to Ganjam superintendent of police Ashish Singh in writing during the day, nine days after her return to her home.
She told the police that she did not go to the local police station out of fear and approached the SP to lodge the complaint. According to the complaint, the girl was forcibly kidnapped by one of the accused from her house on March 9 mid-night when she was sleeping.
The four others, who were waiting outside tied her eyes and took her into the nearby jungle and repeatedly raped for nine days before leaving her on March 18, police said.
Her tormentors had also threatened her not to disclose the matter to anyone. After returning from the jungle, she narrated the incident to her parents and decided to lodge a complaint to the SP. The girl told the SP that the accused had abducted and raped her due to political rivalry during the recent panchayat election, as her father had supported a particular candidate. We have asked the sub divisional police officer of Chikiti to investigate into the complaint, Singh said.
Police said the accused have been identified and would be caught soon. Chikiti SDPO (Chikiti) Prakash Chandra Jena said the girl’s family members did not intimate the police about her going missing or being kidnapped during the period between March 9 and March 18.
“We will send the girl for medical examination,” he said.