Minor girl branded: Stepmother among 6 held

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Berhampur: Police on Tuesday arrested six persons including the stepmother for branding a minor girl at Kumbharpalli under the BN Pur police station here on Tuesday.

According to sources, the girl reportedly used to return home late every day. Though she was reprimanded by her stepmother a number of times, she turned a deaf ear to the warnings. Irritated with this her stepmother decided to teach her a lesson with the help of some nieghbours.

As per the plan, after the girl returned home, she was locked in a room and her hands and legs were tied up. Later, she was branded with a hot frying stick all over the body. Due to which she suffered severe burn injuries and was rushed to the MKCG Medical College Hospital here. Getting information Childline members’ rescued the girl and informed police.

After conducting investigations, police arrested the girl’s stepmother Gurubari, Sahu, another relative Sukanti Sahu, nieghbours  G Lilabati, K Mahalaxmi  Reddy, A Jogamma Reddy, G LIlabati and K Ratnalu.

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