22 November 2019
Berhampur/Cuttack: Brutal rapes of two minors in separate incidents have caused an uproar in the State with demands of adequate justice for the survivors.
In the first case, a 65-year-old man was arrested on late Thursday on charges of raping an 11-year-old girl. The horrific incident occurred at Kabisuryanagar under Hinjili Police limits under the Ganjam district on November 16. However, due to unlawful societal pressure, the family had not come forward with a complaint.
As per reports, the Childline 1098 (a project of Ministry of Women and Child Development) received information about the incident and got in touch with the family. The survivor was taken to MKCG College and Hospital in Berhampur for necessary medical examination and a police complaint was filed.
Acting swiftly, Hinjili Police station IIC Abhimanyu Dash arrested the accused elderly and took his for medical examination and also took his statement.
The survivor’s family and friends have demanded capital punishment for the accused rapist with compensation for the minor.
The second incident occurred in the Cuttack district. A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped under Nemala Police limits in Salepur on late Thursday. She had reportedly gone to watch a Jatra (open-air theatre) near her village last night where she was allegedly raped. The villagers have alleged involvement of some members of the Jatra troupe. A probe is underway.
Notably, staggering 6,085 cases were registered in which minor girls were allegedly raped during 2015 and 2019 (September). The data was provided by Minister of State for Home Department, Dibya Shankar Mishra during the Question Hour of on-going Winter Session of Odisha Legislative Assembly on November 18.