Youth held for attempting to rape 8-year-old girl

KalingaTV News Network

Kendrapara: Adding to the spate in rape cases in the state, police on Thursday arrested a youth for attempting to sexually assault an eight-year-old girl in Tilang village under Derabish police limits in the district.

The accused has been identified as Mihir Singh, a resident of Haldia village under Mahanga police limits of the same district.

As per a complaint filed by the victim’s family with Derabish Police in connection with the case, she was playing near her home at around 4.30 PM on Wednesday along with two other children including her brother when the incident took place. The accused approached them and provided some money to convince. Later he took the girl with him to a lonely place located near the pani panchayat office in the village and tried to molest.

The girl was rescued by her elder brother who reached the spot after hearing her screams.

“A community centre located in the village has turned to be a hangout for anti-social elements and the recent incident is an example of that. The accused along with some of his friends used to consume alcohol over there and indulge in crimes. He had been earlier caught while trying to rape a minor school girl in the village. However, he had been let off at that time with a note of caution,” said Akshay Khatua, former sarpanch of Narasinghpur gram panchayat.

Police are interrogating the held accused.

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