Minor girl from Odisha raped by neighbour in Surat; accused arrested

Gujarat: An eight-year-old girl from Odisha was allegedly raped by a man under Khatodra police limits area in Surat.

The accused Ashok Behera, who happens to be neighbour of the survivor, has been arrested basing on the complaint filed by the girl’s family, said Surat SP, JK Pandya on Friday.

Police officials said Ashok, who hails from Ganjam area, was working as a labourer in Surat. He was staying near the house of the minor girl and frequently used to interact with her parents.

However, Ashok allegedly raped the minor girl when her parents were not present in the house earlier this week. Following the incident, the minor girl’s parents lodged a police complaint and the accused was arrested after preliminary investigation.

“We have conducted medical examination of both the minor girl and the accused. Further investigation in connection with the incident is on,” Pandya added.