School teacher rapes Class VIII girl, held

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Jajpur: A Class VIII girl student was allegedly raped by a school teacher on the pretext of taking tuition at Sasanapada village in Binjharpur police limits in Jajpur district.

The accused teacher identified as Smruti Ranjan Jena has been arrested, police said.

According to sources the incident took place on August 3 when the girl reached the school early in the morning amid heavy rain. The accused allegedly called the girl for private tuition and raped her.

Fearing public shame and threat from the accused teacher the victim avoided to disclose the matter to anyone.

However, she narrated her ordeal before her parents on Sunday after she developed some critical health complications and was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack yesterday.

The victim’s family lodged a complaint with Lalbagh police in this regard. When Binjharpur police was informed about the issue, the cops swung into action and nabbed the accused teacher today.

It is learnt that Binjharpur police will recorded the victim’s statement on Tuesday at Sishu Bhawan, where she is undergoing treatment. Source in the police said, the accused will be forwarded to the court tomorrow.

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