Jajpur: A 74-year-old retired employee of a government college was arrested for allegedly trying rape a seven-year-old girl at Kachahudi Sahi of Jajpur district on Wednesday.
The accused, identified as Sasadar Barik, hails from Soro area in Balasore district. He lives with his son and daughter-in-law in Jajpur Road.
According to sources, the accused lured the girl with chocolate on Tuesday morning and took her to a secluded place where he tried to sexually assault her.
When the minor girl’s elder sister and some villagers rushed to the spot, the accused fled. On the basis of a complaint by the family members, police arrested the accused and produced him in a court today.
As the girl’s statement was not recorded yet, she was kept under the police protection.