Married woman gangraped

Jajpur: Amid a statewide uproar over alleged rape of a dalit girl in Pipili in Puri district, a married woman was gangraped allegedly by three men at Chandikhole in Jajpur district, police said today. The 35-year-old woman from Jagatsinghpur district had gone to Cuttack for court work on Sunday. She came to Chandikhole as per the advice of a relative who had promised her money there.

When her relative did not turn up for a long time, she approached a truck driver to take her Balichandrapur. The driver agreed and drove away to Aruha and raped her before dropping her off near Chhatia bazaar on National Highway (NH) no-5 late last night. The agony of the woman did not end there as two other motorcycle borne middle aged men took her on their bike on the pretext of taking her to Cuttack. They also allegedly gangraped and threw her at Nelia on the NH-5 where night patrolling police party spotted her. She was admitted to a local hospital. She told the doctors about the rape, but could not identify the culprits as she was new to the place.

"We have recorded the statement of the victim and a case has been registered at the Barachana police station. We have arrested one of the accused and are searching for two others," said Deepak Kumar, Jajpur Superintendent of Police. He said medical examination of the victim and the accused was conducted. The accused was forwarded to court today and later remanded to judicial custody after his bail application was rejected.