One arrested for raping, killing minor blind girl in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, June 8 (IANS) A taxi driver was arrested in Puri Saturday for allegedly raping and murdering a visually impaired minor girl, police said.

Banamali Barik, 35, who was arrested, is a drug edict and has a criminal record. He was a frequent visitor to the victim’s house. He has confessed to the crime, District Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu told IANS.

The 15-year-old victim was a student of a blind school in the state capital Bhubaneswar, 60 km from Puri, and had gone to her village for her summer vacation.

Her family said she went missing outside their house where she had been sleeping with other family members Thursday night.

A search was launched around midnight and her corpse was found in a nearby forest. An empty liquor bottle was found at the spot.

The accused confessed that he lured the girl and took her to a nearby under construction house and attempted to rape her. When she resisted, he took her to a forested area and inserted an iron rod in her private parts and killed her, police said.

Hundreds of women, social and political activists protested in Bhubaneswar against the barbaric crime.

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, who lives in Puri, created a sand sculpture on the beach to condemn the incident. The sculpture of a face holds the message: “I am not blind, society is”.

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by authors, news service providers on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Hill Post. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Hill Post makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site page.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.