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POCSO Court Convicts Salepur Minor Girl Rape Accused

18 September 2019

Bikash Sharma

Cuttack: A year after a 6-yr-old girl from Salepur was raped and later died while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, her accused was convicted by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Cuttack on Wednesday.

The accused Mohammad Mustaq was convicted under sections 363, 302, 367 (a) & (b) of IPC and 6 of POCSO Act based on the submitted evidences. The court has reserved its judgement till Thursday.

Reportedly, the minor girl had been found unconscious in a school compound in Salipur area of Cuttack on April 21. She had been rushed to a hospital in Salepur, but later shifted to the SCB.

The girl was reported missing after she went to a shop near Jagannathpur Nodal Upper Primary school to buy chocolates around 6 PM on April 21. The accused lured her away with a chocolate and after raping her on the school premises, he attempted to kill her by throttling her.

She died at the SCB on April 29 after struggling for life for more than a week. Later, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for her kin.

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