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4 held  for assault on mentally retarded girl on firewood theft charge

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4 held  for assault on mentally retarded girl on firewood theft charge

4 held  for assault on mentally retarded girl on firewood theft charge
January 09
21:52 2018

By Sudam Patra

Balasore, Jan. 9: At least four persons of Sajjanpur under Soro block in Odisha’s Balasore district were on Tuesday arrested in connection with brutal assault on a mentally retarded minor girl for allegedly stealing a piece of firewood.

The police was looking for five others who were also involved in the ghastly act.

“Four persons, including the key accused Bipin Sahoo, have been arrested. We are looking for five more persons who severely beat up the girl,” Balasore sub-divisional police officer Prabhat Chandra Pal.

On Monday, the police had registered a case against the accused after a video showing assault on the girl went viral in social media.

Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) and Child Welfare Committee had taken up the issue seriously and started their investigation into the case.

According to the police complaint lodged by Ratnamani Lenka, mother of the victim, – her daughter Rachana was severely punished by “picking up a piece of firewood” from the courtyard one Laxmidhar Sahoo of the same village.

Bipin Sahoo, a relative of Laxmidhar and woman, and six others tied with a rope and beat her up by dragging her on the village road.

The video shows that some of the villagers also watched the incident as mute spectators.

The parents of the victim alleged that the accused had offered Rs 1,000 to her suppress the matter.

Kasturi Ray, chairperson of OSCPCR, said the Commission had taken suo moto cognizance of the incident and probing into it.

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