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Koraput sexual assault: Odisha police form special team to nab tribal girl’s rapists

The girl was gagged with her dupatta before being sexually assaulted by alleged members of the central security force in a forest near Sorispadar village.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2017 21:23 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Debabrata Mohanty
Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
Social activists protest the rising incidence of rape in India.
Social activists protest the rising incidence of rape in India. (Ravi Choudhary/HT File)

Odisha police have formed a special team to identify and apprehend four Border Security Force (BSF) jawans who allegedly gang-raped a tribal girl at Koraput on Tuesday.

The girl was gagged with her dupatta before being sexually assaulted by alleged members of the central security force in a forest near Sorispadar village. “My aunt admitted her to the hospital,” the victim’s brother said.

The incident triggered outrage among local residents, with hundreds of people blocking the national highway-26 at Kunduli Hatpada on Wednesday morning.

Odisha director general of police RP Sharma said the area is frequented by CRPF, BSF and CoBRA personnel – besides Maoists in army fatigues. “The gang rape is being treated as a ‘red flag’ case. We have formed a separate team to hunt for the accused. We are using every scientific method at our disposal to identify the culprits,” he added.

A case has been registered at the Pottangi police station under Sections 376 (D) and 377 of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 6 of the Pocso Act.

Additional district medical officer Dr Parsuram Champati Ray said the condition of the victim – who was admitted to the Koraput district headquarters hospital – has stabilised. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik denounced the incident as “inhuman”, and announced free treatment for the girl.

Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan has also demanded stringent action against the accused.

In another development, the Odisha Human Rights Commission on Wednesday directed the home secretary and additional director general of the human rights protection cell to investigate the gang-rape case and submit a report within a week. It also directed the Odisha government to shift the victim to a hospital outside the state for better treatment.