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Odishatv Bureau

Balasore: At a time when the entire nation is yet to recover from the horror of the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua, another incident of rape of a 4-year-old in Odisha’s Nilagiri has now sent shock waves.

The minor girl was allegedly raped and subjected to torture by a 24-year-old youth who was her neighbour.

The shocking incident has been reported from Baunsabania panchayat and the girl was raped after the youth lured her with some chocolates.

As the private parts of the girl have been mutilated, she has been admitted to Nilagiri hospital in a critical condition.

Police have launched a manhunt to nab the absconding youth after the minor's family lodged a complaint in connection with the incident.

"Being very young the girl is mentally unstable to give her statement. As the youth is absconding we suspect there is some truth behind the incident. Facts will be revealed after medical examination of the girl," said Nilagiri police station IIC Ramesh Singh.

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