Woman brutally killed by husband’s friend for resisting rape in Odisha village

Keonjhar: In a heart-wrenching incident, a woman was allegedly killed by her husband’s friend brutally after she resisted the rape attempt made by the accused at Mundatanga village under Dhenkikote police outpost in Ghatagaon block.

The incident, which occurred on July 24, came to fore after deceased Saraswati Munda’s stepdaughter lodged a police complaint yesterday.

As per reports, Saraswati was the second wife of one Bira Munda of Mundatanga village. On the fateful day, Bira’s friend Purusottam Nayak (55) of Khaliadiha village had visited their house for a feast. After dinner, Bira went to sleep with his first wife while Saraswati slept in another room of the house. Purusottam went inside the room and attempted to rape Saraswati. When she resisted, the accused got furious and inserted the haft of an axe into her private part leaving her critically injured.

The next morning, Bira rushed her to a hospital at Pandapada, where doctors declared her dead. Thereafter, Bira buried the body near his house in a bid to suppress the matter. The deceased had told her stepdaughter about the whole incident before being taken to the hospital.

Yesterday, the girl lodged a written complaint at Ghatagaon police station in  this connection. Later, Ghatagaon police station IIC Pratibha Manjari  Sahu along with officials from Dhenkikote outpost went to the village and exhumed the body. The cops also arrested main accused Purusottam and further launched an investigation into the incident.

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