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Priest held for raping mentally challenged woman in Ganjam


Berhampur: In a shocking incident, a temple priest allegedly raped and impregnated a 28-year-old mentally challenged woman in Hinjili police limits of Ganjam district.

The matter came to light after police arrested the accused on Friday. The accused is a priest in a temple in Mumbai. The police nabbed him from Berhampur railway station when he was trying to escape, said Hinjili police station inspector-in-charge Prasant Kumar Sahu.

According to sources, the accused repeatedly raped the mentally challenged woman for the past six months during his visit to the village and impregnated her. Recently, the parents of the victim learnt about her pregnancy. The victim narrated her ordeal to her mother.

Later, the victim’s mother lodged a complaint with Hinjili police station in this regard. Based on the complaint, police on Friday arrested the accused from Berhampur railway station while he was trying to flee.

The police conducted the medical examination of the accused and the victim and further probe was in progress.


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