9-year-old child raped by neighbor admitted to Capital Hospital

Balipatna: In a shocking incident, a nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbor at around 1:00 p.m. Friday in a village below Balipatna police boundary on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

The accused was arrested under POCSO law, a station official said on Saturday. The accused was identified as Biswajit Sethi from the same village.

According to police sources, the rape survivor had gone to take a bath in a well near her home. Taking advantage of the situation, the young man forcibly kidnapped the young girl and took her to an isolated place where he allegedly outraged her modesty.

Hearing the girl’s cries, a few villagers rushed to the scene and rescued her. The minor victim was immediately admitted to Balipatna Community Health Center (CHC) for primary treatment. She was later transferred to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar after her condition deteriorated.

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The girl’s father filed an FIR at Balipatna railway station on Friday night acting on which police launched a manhunt and nabbed the accused from the capital where he was hiding after committing the crime.

“The accused is a daily bet and a relative of the victim. He used to visit the girl’s house very often. The incident happened when the underage girl was taking a bath in a tube well in the village. However, the survivor managed to escape the clutches of the young accused and recounted her ordeal in front of her family,” the official said.

Police registered a case under Sections 376 (2) (M), 376 (A) (B) of the ICC and 6 of the POCSO Act in this regard and arrested the accused following raids, a said Balipatna PS IIC Krupasindhu Barad.

The main defendant Biswajit is now being questioned by the Balipatna police to determine if there are others involved in the heinous crime.

A detailed investigation is underway, IIC Barad informed.