Somatirtha Purohit

An underage girl died by suicide after she was allegedly molested by a man at Sarei village under Telkoi police jurisdiction in Keonjhar district.

The 16-year-old girl allegedly consumed poison on Monday afternoon soon after she was subjected to molestation by the accused.   

As per reports, the minor girl along with her friend had gone to a nearby stream to take bath on Monday. On the way, one Saroj Pradhan (22) intercepted her and allegedly molested her.  

The alleged incident was witnessed by some locals who were passing by the area at that time.

Unable to bear the trauma and fearing social stigma, the girl consumed poison after returning home.  

She was rushed to a nearby hospital in Khamar of Angul district by her parents. Later, after her condition deteriorated, she was transferred to district headquarters hospital.

However, doctors at the DHH declared her dead. The father of the deceased lodged a complaint at the Telkoi police station.

As per latest report, the body was at Angul DHH and will be handovered to the family after autopsy.

According to sources, the accused is absconding and further investigation is underway.