Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 9:

A self-proclaimed Baba has allegedly raped a deserted woman during the ensuing Khandagiri Mela in Odisha capital on the pretext of giving initiation to her.

Although the shameful incident happened on Monday night, it came to light yesterday after she was found in a critical condition near Dhabaleswar Gada in CDA area of Cuttack.

According to reports, the traumatized woman has been raped in such an inhuman manner that she was unable to muster courage to file a police complaint. The woman found hiding in the area as she has been getting death threats from the accused Baba.

The victim has been staying near Dhabaleswar Gada in Brajabiharipur area under CDA Phase 2 police station in Cuttack since last few years after her family allegedly drove her out of the house.

Last week, while she was returning from Puri after paying obeisance to lord Jagannath, she met the 60-year-old in the bus where the latter invited her to the ashram after brief exchange of pleasantries.

After arriving at the silver city, Baba left for his destination giving the woman a business card to contact him with an invitation to meet him at the ongoing Khandagiri Mela for initiation.

The victim arrived at the Mela on Monday morning and the business card helped her to locate the Baba at an ashram. The duo had rounds of spiritual discussions and in the afternoon the woman sought permission to leave for her home, unaware of his evil designs.

The Baba advised her to stay back on the pretext of giving initiation at night.

She spent the night in a room in the ashram having no inkling of the ill intention of the sexagenarian and one of his associates.

Later in the dead of the night, the Baba raped her brutally in an inebriated state injuring her head and forced her away from the ashram in the wee hours the following day.

The victim, however, managed to return to her home in Cuttack.

The accused Baba threatened her over telephone with dire consequences and since then the woman has been reportedly hiding in a cowshed in fear.