Priest held for sexual assault on 6-yr old girl in Odisha capital

Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 23:

A priest was today ‘caught redhanded’ by people in the Ganapati Nagar slum under the Nayapalli police station area in Odisha’s capital city, while he was allegedly sexually assaulting a six-year old girl  at a desolate spot inside the slum.

The mother of the victim along with fellow slum-dwellers lodged a complaint with the Nayapalli police station, who in turn transferred the case to the Mahila police station for further investigation.

According to reports, the incident happened at 10am when parents of the minor girl were not present in their house.

Madhab Chandra Panda, priest of a small temple in the slum, called the little girl to a lonely place and took liberties with her private parts. Groaning in pain, the girl cried aloud for help.

Hearing her cries, some local people rushed to the spot, rescued the girl and nabbed the priest.

Panda was roughed up before he was handed over to the police.

The lcoal people along with the parents of the victim went to the Mahila police station this afternoon and lodged a fresh complaint against the priest. The police have filed a case against Panda and begun an inquiry.

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