The murder of a minor blind girl after she was allegedly raped on Thursday triggered widespread protests in Odisha’s Puri district, with people blocking the busy road from Puri to Konark, demanding strong action against the culprits.
“There have been allegations of rape before murder. Things will be clear after we obtain the post mortem report,” Puri superintendent of police Anup Sahu said.
No arrest has been made so far.
The 13-year-old girl, a class 5 student in a blind school in Bhubaneswar, had gone to her village, about 65 km east of the state capital, for her summer vacation. The girl’s father alleged that some people kidnapped her after midnight from the courtyard of their house where she was sleeping with her mother and grandmother.
Family members and neighbours discovered her absence after two hours and started a frantic search for her. They found her body without clothes in the morning in a bush on the outskirts of the village.
Molested and beaten, woman ends life
Molested and thrashed by goons, a widow allegedly committed suicide in Bundelkhand region's Damoh district, 250 km from Bhopal on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old woman and her two sons, aged nine and five, were the only ones at home in Hardwani village when the accused Gaurishankar Patel, Gattu Patel and Dharu Patel barged into the house and molested her.
When she raised an alarm the accused thrashed her and fled. She later consumed pesticide and died in hospital, where she was rushed by her brother-in-law.
She told him she decided to end her life because the goons frequently molested her.