Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Phulbani, Sep 24:

The District and Sessions Judge Court here today awarded 20-year jail term to a person accused of raping a minor in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.


Pronouncing the quantum of sentence, the court sentenced the accused Gopinath Nayak to 20 years and imposed a fine of Rs 50, 000 for raping the Dalit girl in 2014.

The victim was allegedly gang raped by Gopinath and his associates on July 22, 2014 when she was alone at her house in Phiringia. She was thrown in the nearby forest late on the fateful night after being gang raped.

Following the incident, the victim’s family members lodged a complaint with the Phiringia police.

Local police arrested one Badal Nayak of Baliguda and Gopinath Nayak of Daringbadi two days after the incident. They were forwarded to SDJM Court and sent to jail after rejection of bail application.