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87-year-old man arrested for raping minor in Odisha: police


Odisha police arrested an 87-year-old man on Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in the coastal Kendrapara district.

Sunakar Patra, a shopkeeper in a village under the Aul de Kendrapara police station, had brought the girl to his shop on November 23 and kept her there for a long time, police said. When the girl’s mother found out, police added, she rushed to the scene to find her daughter lying in front of the cabin in an unconscious setting.

“When the woman asked Patra about it, he remained silent while her son threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone,” said Aul Police Station Deputy Inspector Pradosh Patnaik.

The girl’s mother alleged that the defendant’s family was monitoring her closely to ensure that no complaint was made to the police.

On Saturday, the girl’s mother managed to file a complaint demanding justice.

Based on her complaint, an FIR was registered and Patra was arrested on Monday morning under various sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act.

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