Girl rescued by auto-rickshaw drivers

Berhampur: A 17-year-old girl who was raped after being promised of a job, was rescued by auto-rickshaw drivers near Berhampur railway station in Ganjam district and handed over to a voluntary organisation.

"The girl, rescued on Friday, is now in our custody and we are trying to contact her parents near Khurda," said an activist of the NGO, ChildLine. A man of her locality had allegedly lured her to Bangalore promising a high-paying job. However, he allegedly raped her there, he said.

The girl was returning from Bangalore with the help of another Odia person who got down at Vijayawada. The girl had got down here as her train ticket was from Bangalore to Berhampur, he said.

"We have arranged medical examination of the girl and the report is awaited. We will go through the legal procedures after consulting her parents," said ChildLine`s Berhampur unit chief Sudhir Sabat.