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Devbrat Patnaik

Rayagada: Different people have different ways to deal with betrayals by their respective partners. While a few months back a heart-broken girl in Gurugram came to limelight after a video of her dancing barefoot outside her boyfriend's house went viral, an almost similar incident has happened in Odisha where a college girl staged dharna outside the house of a youth for allegedly cheating her on false promise of marriage.

The incident has been reported from Pitamahala village under Seshakhala police limits of Rayagada district.

According to sources, the girl claimed that she had been staying at a rented house with a youth after they both fell in love. Later, the youth, who happens to be a lecturer of an engineering college, established a sexual relationship with her on the pretext of marriage, she alleged.

This continued for a few months when suddenly the accused lecturer started avoiding her and eventually broke up with her. Even when her family approached the youth's parents for a discussion, the youth blatantly denied to marry her, alleged the victim.

Following this, the girl registered a complaint at the Seshakhala police station. "He maintained a physical relationship with me for over a year on the pretext that he will marry me soon. When I finally convinced my parents, they went to his house for our marriage alliance. Now he is saying no," said the complainant.

"The youth's family had initially agreed to the marriage proposal. But suddenly they are saying they have fixed his marriage with another girl and not with our daughter. What can we do?" alleged the girl's father.

Situation turned ugly today after the girl along with her family members staged a dharna outside the youth's house in protest. "The girl had filed a written complaint on August 20 where she accused one Dhiren Pattnaik of physically and mentally torturing her. We stood outside the youth's house for a long time but his parents did not respond at all. They failed to come to a conclusion. If nothing happens, we will take action as per law," said Santoshi Senapati, Zonal Vice president of International Human Rights Council.

Latest reports have claimed that the Women Help Desk of the local police station has called both the parties for a discussion on August 31 to sort out the matter.

The family members of the accused lecturer could not be contacted over the issue. Even the response of police in this connection is awaited.

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