BALASORE: Two persons, including a minor, were arrested in Gorumahisani area of Mayurbhanj district on Sunday for allegedly raping a minor dalit girl. They reportedly raped her in an isolated place and tied her to a tree before fleeing the place.


The accused – Bikas Mondal, 20, and his 17-year-old associate, both from Guhaldangari village – were caught by police when they were trying to escape from their village.

Police sources said the incident, which took place on Wednesday, came to light on Saturday after the 15-year-old rape survivor lodged a police complaint.

The officer in-charge of Gorumahisani police station, Jaynarayan Khandai, said a case was registered after the girl filed a complaint. “The girl and the accused persons have been medically examined. While Mondal was forwarded to a local court in Rairangpur, which remanded him in judicial custody, the minor boy will be produced before the juvenile justice board on Monday,” he added. The medical test reports are awaited.

According to the complaint, Mondal saw the girl, who hails from Julana village, near a Ganesh Puja pandal on September 17 and approached her with a marriage proposal. “On September 23, he came with his friend and lured her to a place to have a talk. When she reached there, the two took her to the nearby jungle where they raped her,” the FIR stated.

Citing the complaint, police said the two had tied her to a tree after committing the crime. The girl was rescued by leaf pluckers the next day. Though the village committee met twice to resolve the matter, the meetings were in vain as the accused did not cooperate.