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Devbrat Patnaik

Sambalpur: Close on the heels of the incident in Sundergarh where a Plus-III girl student of a degree college was allegedly raped by his classmates, another college girl who is reportedly a minor, has levelled allegations against one of her teachers of raping her in a forest in Kuchinda area.

Though the incident happened on July 11, the matter came to fore today after the survivor lodged a complaint at Kuchinda police station finding that her video is doing rounds on social media since July 14.

According to the complaint, the teacher took the girl on pretext of showing her album shooting. However, he allegedly raped her in the forests.

Sources said the accused teacher is absconding while police have initiated an investigation into the incident.

Minister of State for Home Dibya Sankar Mishra recently revealed in Assembly that 17,528 rape cases have been reported in Odisha in last 10 years, i.e. from 2010 to 2019 (up to May). As many as 937 rape cases have been registered till May this year, while 2,502 cases were reported in 2018 and 2,221 in 2017, he mentioned.

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