Odisha

Auto Driver, Aides Arrested For Raping And Forcing Minor Girl Into Prostitution

**Bhubaneswar**: An auto driver and five of his aides were arrested on Monday for allegedly molesting and forcing a minor girl into flesh trade in capital city of Odisha, police said.

The matter came to light after the victim managed to escape from the clutch of the accused and lodged a complaint at Khandagiri police station here.

The police are, however, yet to confirm her allegation of flesh trade.

“We have arrested all the accused involved in the crime and taking it as a human trafficking case. An FIR has been registered under sections of 370, 370 (A) of IPC. Further investigation into the matter is on,” said Twin City Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania.

In her complaint, she stated that the auto driver, on the pretext of offering help, had taken her to his room where he along with five of his friends raped her before forcing her into prostitution.

The accused had offered Rs 10,000 per month to her for the illegal activity, the victim, a resident of Balipatana in Jajpur said.

During her interrogation, the minor girl said to police she had come to Tangi in Khurda district with her grandfather following arguments with her step-mother.

Then after a few days, she fell in love with a boy from Bhubaneswar and came to the capital city to meet him. But, the boy didn’t come to meet her and the hapless girl is left with no options but to take help of unknown persons.

Meanwhile, the police sent the victim to a Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the city which is counseling her.

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