Minor girl physically exploited on pretext of marriage

Cuttack: A complaint has been lodged against a youth of hailing from Jatni in Khurda for allegedly maintaining physical relationship with a minor girl of the same locality on the pretext of marrying her.

As per a complaint lodged by the girl, one Umakant Sahu convinced her to accompany him to different places where he maintained physical relationship with her with false promises of marriage. This continued for about seven months after which he asked the girl to leave the place. When the girl opposed, the youth started physically torturing her.

On getting information, officials of a voluntary organisation  with the help of Cuttack Child Line members went to the spot and rescued the girl from a rented house at Pikol village in Salipur.  Later, the girl lodged an FIR at police station. Meanwhile, the accused has absconded apprehending arrest.

Acting on the complaint, police have started investigation in to the incident.

Social activist Bishnupriya Sahu said, “If the family of the girl does not accept her, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) should make arrangements for her shelter.”