As many as seven persons including five women were arrested on Friday in connection with the alleged rape of a minor girl at Ranpur in Nayagarh district. The incident came to the light after reports confirming pregnancy of the survivor came to the fore.
Subsequently, the family members of the girl informed about the incident to the village Sarpanch and ward member. However, they reportedly couldn’t take any initiative to give justice to the hapless minor girl.
Later the girl's family members lodged a complaint at Ranpur police station. Irked with the development, the relatives of the accused launched an attack on the family members of the minor girl in an act of vengeance. They reportedly tied the survivor and her family members to an electric pole and beat them up mercilessly.
Informed by the locals, Ranpur police rescued the girl and her family members from the spot.
After investigation, police arrested as many as seven persons including five women in connection with the rape and assault case.
The statement of the police is yet to be obtained.