Youth arrested for raping 8-yr old

Balasore: A youth was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in Bhadrak district, in another incident of rape in the state.

The girl, presently admitted at the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack after the incident, was stated to be in critical condition due to injuries, police said.

The girl had gone to her uncle`s house at Avjanaon village in Bhadrak district to witness Makar festivities on January 21 and allegedly raped by the 26-year old shop keeper when she went there to purchase some toys, police said.

The girl, however, was rescued as someone accidentally turned up at that spot and immediately taken to nearby hospital, which referred her to the medical college hospital after preliminary treatment.

As neither the victim nor the parents could divulge anything about the accused, it took time for the police to nab the culprit," said DIG (Eastern Range) Sanjay Kumar.

Kumar said he ordered setting up a team headed by sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Kailash Chandra Parida to probe into the incident.

The accused person was arrested today and he had confessed to the crime, the DIG said. The gangrape of a tribal girl in Pipli raised a furore in the state in recent times.