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Odisha Crime Branch To Investigate Rape, Pregnancy Termination Of Minor In Sundergarh

Bhubaneswar: Odisha DGP Abhay, today ordered the Crime Branch to investigate into the rape and forceful termination of pregnancy of a 13-year-old in Sundergarh district.

Via Twitter, DGP said that “Crime Branch to take charge of the investigation of Raiboga PS case no 41/2020 (Rape and POCSO Act case). Crime branch team has already left for Sundergarh.”

Briefing the media, Crime Branch ADG SK Priyadarshi said that the alleged rape and abortion of a minor girl is a very sensitive issue and hence needs to handles accordingly. On DGP Abhay’s order, a four-member team of Crime Branch led by a lady DSP rank officer has begun a probe into the incident. He added that they hoped to crack the case soon. 

Notably, on June 26 Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) of the Birmitrapur police station, Anand Chandra Majhi was suspended for dereliction of duty. Majhi was accused of allegedly raping, impregnating and then forcefully terminating the pregnancy of the minor survivor.

Also Read: Odisha Cop Suspended On Charges Of Raping, Terminating Pregnancy Of 13-Yr-Old

The minor was reportedly repeatedly raped by Majhi and another cop of Birmitrapur police station, the girl’s step-father and his two male friends over a period of four months. She used to stay with her aged grandmother and the matter was allegedly suppressed.

In the night of June 14, the survivor, who was over eight months pregnant, was found roaming aimlessly in Birmitrapur town.

Some policemen reportedly took her to Birmitrapur CHCII and without informing the CWC, terminated her pregnancy on June 15. She was later sent to the ChildLine shelter home where she developed health complication and was treated at Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) from June 20 to 22. The matter came to fore after the girl’s condition worsened.

A complaint had been filed against all the accused of raping her over a period of four months. The doctor of Birmitrapur community health centre (CHC)-II has also been accused of illegal termination of her pregnancy. A police team led by a lady DSP recorded the victim’s statement at the Childline shelter home.

Soumendra Priyadarshi, ADG, Crime Branch

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