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Odishatv Bureau

Paralakhemundi: A minor girl has been raped and impregnated by a man in Mohana block of Gajapati district. The accused identified as Saroj Mallick, who is reportedly married, is absconding.

Sources said the man had three children and still maintained a physical relationship with the girl by luring her with false promises. "He forcefully kept physical relationship with me," said the girl, who is stated to be five-month pregnant now.

Getting information, Childline officials rushed to the spot and rescued the girl.

"The minor girl became pregnant after a person of the same village maintained a sexual relationship with her. A complaint has been lodged at the police station and the girl will be sent for medical examination today after which she will be handed over to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC)," said Childline official Durjyadhana Karada.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by the girl's family at the Mohana police station. Investigation is on into the incident, sources said.

"The father of the minor girl in Muktinagar village alleged that her daughter was raped in November last year. However, the girl did not report it to anyone as the crime was committed by one of her relatives. Her father lodged an FIR today here stating that the girl is five-month pregnant. A case has been registered under POCSO Act and we will initiate an investigation to nab the accused after conducting medical examination of the girl," said IIC of Mohana police station, Prasant Kumar Behera.

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