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Minor rape victim in Odisha commits suicide over police inaction; 2nd in 3 days

Police were yet to arrest the accused, who raped the minor girl on December 31 night. The girl, unable to bear mental torture due to gossiping villagers, consumed pesticide on Wednesday afternoon.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2018 16:36 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Debabrata Mohanty
Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
A spate of sexual assaults across the country reveal children are not safe anywhere.(REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

A minor rape victim, unhappy over alleged police inaction, took her life on Wednesday in Odisha’s Khurda district, making it the second similar incident in the state within three days.

A minor girl, who said she was gang raped by four CoBRA jawans, killed herself in Koraput district on Monday after the state CID dismissed the rape allegations as false.

The suicide had triggered outrage in the state, with opposition parties holding a bandh and BJD MP Tathagat Satpathy calling out the apathy of the state government.

The minor at Khurda, a class 10 girl, was allegedly raped by her neighbour, Nimei Palai (22), of Tumuraput panchayat, on December 31 as he was reportedly unhappy with his unrequited love.

Her father informed the villagers about the incident the next morning and lodged a complaint with Banapur police. While the police said that they were on course to arrest Palai, they were yet to do so after four weeks of the alleged rape.

The girl, unable to bear mental torture due to gossiping villagers, consumed pesticide around 2 pm on Wednesday. She was rushed to Banapur hospital and later shifted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar in critical condition. But she passed away soon.

“The police did not take any action to arrest the accused. So my daughter had no other way but to end her life,” said the girl’s mother.

The family members of the deceased girl staged dharna in front of Banpur police station on Thursday by placing her dead body and demanded arrest of the accused.

Balugaon sub divisional police officer, Subas Panda, however, said cops had recorded the victim’s statement and were on course to arrest the accused.

In the case of the alleged gang rape of the minor in Koraput, the CID had quoted her medical examination to claim that she was not raped. She had, in fact, levelled the allegations to hide her own affairs with a 16-year-old boy, the report said.

It also said that on October 10, the minor girl had met the minor boy and asked him to marry her. When the minor boy refused the proposal, the girl tore her school uniform and threatened to level rape charges against the boy. After the boy agreed to marry her, the girl alleged that four COBRA jawans had raped her. Police have video-recorded the minor boy’s statement.

Odisha, with a rate of 84.2, was ranked third behind Delhi (160.4) and Assam (131.3) in the number of crimes reported against women, as per the National Crime Record Bureau figures for 2016.

In 2016, the state also topped the list of states in “assault or use of criminal force to women with intent to disrobe under section 354 B of IPC”.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 16:08 IST