Boy attacks minor girl over share of dates in Odisha

Jajpur: A 14-year-old boy allegedly attacked a girl with a sickle and injured her seriously following a dispute over share of dates they collected together in Jajpur district, police said on Wednesday.

The 11-year-old girl suffered multiple injuries in the attack and has been admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

She received 10 stitches to close the wound on her neck. The class 9 boy has been arrested and sent to a remand home, police said.

Police said the boy used to stay at his uncle’s house at Deopada village under Mangalpur police limits. The girl also lives in the same village and the two used to play together.

Yesterday, the duo went to a nearby field to pluck dates. The boy climbed the tree and cut dates with a sickle.

Later, they started quarrelling over the share of the dates and the boy attacked the girl with the sickle.

“Some passerby found my niece lying on the ground and took her home. She was first taken to a local hospital which referred her to district headquarters hospital in Jajpur town. As her condition deteriorated, she was later shifted to SCB, Cuttack,” the girl’s uncle said.