Youth impregnates minor on pretext of marriage, held

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Jamankira: A youth was arrested on Sunday for allegedly keeping physical relation with a minor girl over a period of five years and impregnating her on the pretext of marriage at Balichuan village in Jamankira police limits of Sambalpur district.

The accused (25), who hails from Sanlangabahal village in the district, was arrested after the minor girl lodged a complaint with Jamankira police in this regard today.

According to sources, the accused used to frequently visit Balichuan village to his relative’s house and developed a love affair with the minor. The youth promised to marry the girl and kept physical relation with her on several occasions.

Subsequently, the minor became pregnant. Her family members learnt about her pregnancy nine months back and took the issue to the villagers. A meeting was convened where the accused youth had given a written undertaking to marry the girl.

On September 13, the minor complained of labour pain following which her family members rushed her to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. The minor delivered a stillborn at the hospital.

Later, the youth and his family members refused to go ahead with the marriage forcing the minor girl to knock on the door of police for justice.

Acting swiftly, the police registered a case and nabbed the accused.

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