Baripada: Acting promptly, Odisha Police today arrested three youths in connection with a video showing a girl was forcibly stripped naked going viral on social media in Mayurbhanj district.
The accused were identified as Deepak Mahanta, Puroshattam Mahanta and Laxmikanta Mahanata.
The police swung into action soon after the victim’s father lodged an FIR at Town police station here this afternoon.
The three were arrested from Jatipur village under Town police station, where the incident took place, a police official said.
“Following the complaint we had detained some youths and then finally arrested the three persons. Further investigation is on,” said Mayurbhanj Superintendent of Police Anirudha Singh.
A case was lodged under sections of 392, 354 (B), 500, 509 and 12 of POCSO Act.
Earlier in the day, Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Twin City Police Commissioner YB Khurania told media that the video was shot at an isolated location in Baripada in April this year putting an end to speculation that the incident took place in Bhubaneswar.
According to the local police, the victim, a class IX student, had gone to an isolated place near Jatipur with her boyfriend when the incident happened.
Seeing the couple busy in lovemaking, the trio with an intention to teach them a lesson asked the girl to strip naked by threatening her boyfriend to stay mum, police added.
The video shows the victim was evidently forced by the group of youths to remove her clothes following which they recorded the incident on mobile phone and also clicked some photos. Though, the girl initially opposed the act but in vain. Another youth, who appears to be her friend, was seen witnessing the ordeal helplessly.