Cuttack Gang Rape: Two Youths Booked Under POCSO Act
Cuttack: Police have registered a case under POCSO Act against the two youths who have been arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in Cuttack for 22 days.
The two youths identified as Santosh Kumar Behera alias Tiki and Rakesh Rout aka Raka have been sent for medical examination before court forward.
The duo has been booked under sections 376 DA (punishment for gang rape on woman under sixteen years of age), 376(2)N (committing rape repeatedly on same woman), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc), 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code (IPC), Sections 6 and 12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, informed Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh during a presser today.
Explaining the entire string of events that led to the arrest of the accused, the DCP said, “After getting a tipoff, a team of Chauliaganj police rescued the girl from Gatirout Patna area on the night of October 12. As she was unable to speak anything at that time, she was handed over to Basundhara Childline. Later, when she was interrogated by the Child Welfare Committee officials the next day, she narrated her ordeal.”
The girl was living with her elder sister in Badambadi area and due to some reason she left her house and was waiting for a bus in OMP Chakk some 22 days ago to return to her village in Jagatsinghpur district, stated the Cuttack DCP.
In the meantime, she met Santosh who took her with him after giving her some false promises. He took her to Rakesh’s chicken farm and both raped her there for around 22 days, added Singh.
While Santosh was nabbed yesterday, Raka who is the main accused in the case was arrested by the Chauliaganj Police today. Three mobile phones have been seized from their possession and sent for forensic investigation.
A forensic team will also be sent to the crime spot for detailed investigation. “Police will try to submit the chargesheet in the case as soon as possible,” added DCP Singh.
The medical examination and counseling of the minor girl have been completed, he said.
(Edited By Suryakant Jena)