Woman raped on pretext of marriage, accused held

Gajapati: A man was arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman on pretext of marrying her at Dumiguda village under Adava police limits in Gajapati district. The accused has been identified as Chitra Mallick.

Sources said Chitra Mallick of Dumiguda village was into a love relationship with the woman. Later, he allegedly raped the woman with a false promise of marriage.

As Chitra subsequently fled the village after exploiting her, the woman later lodged a complaint against him at Adava police station. Basing on the complaint filed by the survivor, police registered a case and arrested Mallick.

Social activists on the other hand have stressed on proper counselling and awareness campaigns as girls are falling prey to such fake promises by youths in several parts of the State.

Earlier on June 11, a differently-abled minor girl of Bijepur village in Lanjigarh block was allegedly raped and impregnated by a youth on pretext of marriage in Kalahandi district.