Gajapati: In yet another shameful incident of minor girls being sexually harassed in Odisha, a 7-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 70-year-old neighbour at New Camp Street II under Paralakhemundi police limits in Gajapati district yesterday.
Th incident came to fore after the girl’s father B Umasankar lodged a complaint in this connection at Paralakhemundi police station late last night.
As per the complaint, accused Barik Pradhan had been sexually harassing the minor girl after luring her with chocolates for the last two to three days. Last evening, Pradhan took her to an isolated place and raped her. After returning, when the girl narrated her ordeal before her family members, the latter lodged a complaint at Paralakhemundi police station.
“A case has been registered under Section 376 (AB) and 506/34 of the IPC and Section 6 of POCSO Act. The accused has been detained for interrogation and further investigation is underway,” said Paralakhemundi SDPO Thakur Prasad Patra.