Puri minor girl rape to be tagged as Red Flag case

Puri: In today’s development regarding the rape case of a 5-year-old girl in Puri town, the district police decided to treat the matter as a Red Flag case, informed SP Kanwar Vishal Singh.

Reportedly, the case will be seriously investigated and it has been tagged as a Red Flag case after a discussion with the Crime Branch. SP Singh further informed that the charge sheet will be filed within 20 days.

Besides, the arrested accused, Mahesh Mohanty, will be forwarded to court today following a medical test. The police are in touch with the court and will request for speedy trial after submitting the charge sheet, added reports.

The police are also in contact with District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to ensure that the minor survivor gets the entitled compensation.

Notably, the accused Mahesh was arrested by the police on the outskirts of Puri near Bhubaneswar. The Town Police had formed four teams to trace and arrest him based on the filed complaint. A lookout notice was issued against him.

Several raids were conducted in Puri and the native place of the accused in Jagatsinghpur.

Meanwhile, the victim is undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. She was shifted from Puri District Headquarters Hospital after her health condition deteriorated.

What is a Red Flag case?

A red flag case is defined as an incident of inhumane crime against a woman that are dealt with utmost priority by the police.

Increasing incidents of crime against women is a matter of great concern for society. Hence, sensational cases of crime against women get identified in CID, Crime Branch as “RED FLAG CASE”. Any case which is identified as “RED FLAG CASE” will require immediate and utmost attention of all concerned and has to be dealt with Top Priority.

Progress of investigation and developments in the court of law in all cases marked as “RED FLAG CASE” shall be closely monitored and a progress report shall be issued to all concerned from time to time. It shall be the responsibility of the concerned District Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to ensure close monitoring of all cases marked as “RED FLAG CASE” both during investigation and trial.

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