Kendrapara, A 22-year old man was arrested by the police on Sunday on charges of raping a minor girl and was later sent to jail by the local court. The accused, identified as Panchanana Nath of Palei village, lured a seven-year-old girl with money to spend in Durga Puja and raped her, according to Derabish police station IIC Umakant Nayak. The victim girl was on her way to witness the Durga puja pandal at Nalu Baba’s Ashram on Saturday afternoon on the occasion of Maha Saptami.
Panchanan lured the minor girl to come with him and provide Rs 5 to purchase chocolates.The minor girl went with Panchanan to his house where he raped her. The parents of the victim minor girl lodged an FIR at Derabish police station against Panchanan after their daughter narrated the incident to them.
Acting on the FIR, Derabish police registered a case under Section 376(A)(B) of IPC and Section 6 of POCSO Act against Panchanan and arrested him. He was produced before the SDJM court of Kendrapara today and the court remanded into jail custody after rejecting his bail plea, Mr. Nayak said.