Saswat Singhdeo

Koraput: A Class 9 girl student was found to be 5-month pregnant in Dasamantpur block of Koraput after being allegedly raped by the cook of the school hostel on multiple occasions.

It is also alleged that, upon finding her pregnant, school authorities left the girl at her home and didn’t lodge any police complaint. After the matter came to the fore, the district collector directed the welfare officer and Project Administrator of Koraput ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) to go to the school and launch an investigation.

District welfare officer, Madhusmita Mahapatra has assured to take action against the accused, who is absconding.

"After receiving the complaint, we have launched an investigation. Soon, the culprit will be nabbed and strict action will be taken against him," said Mahapatra.

Sources said family members of the girl have moved to an unknown place fearing stigma.