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Minor girl raped by priest in temple in Odisha

Jajpur: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by temple priest on Monday noon in the premises of Madhukeshari temple in Chakoda village under Dharmasala police station in Jajpur district in Odisha.

According to Dharmasala police station IIC Sudrashan Dah, the victim had gone to Madhukeshari temple in Chakoda village to collect prasad when the temple priest Rabindra Panda (35) raped her.

Following the incident the victim’s mother filed an FIR against the priest at Dharmasala police station prompting police to launch a manhunt to nab him. Meanwhile, Rabindra managed to flee from the village.

Sources said the victim sustained serious injuries in her private parts.  She was immediately rushed to the Community Health Center (CHC) at Dharmasala and later referred to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack as her condition deteriorated.

A case was filed against the priest under Section- 376   (Rape) of IPC and Sections- 4 and 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012.

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