DHENKANAL: THE accused in Dhenkanal rape and assault case was arrested by the local police on Thursday. He is Sibasis Mohanty of Nagana village and had a love affair with the girl for the last three years.
The 20-year-old girl has been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, for better treatment. She was rescued by the police on Wednesday in a critical condition from a forest near Kathagada after being allegedly raped, thrashed and dumped by her lover on Monday. With multiple injuries including those on head, she was admitted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).
After 18 hours of treatment, she was in semi-conscious state and the doctors decided to shift her to SCB Medical as the DHH does not have brain scanning and neurological treatment facilities, Chief District Medical Officer Bidyut Mishra said. He said the girl is not able to respond to queries by doctors as she is in a semiconscious condition. Her father along with a gynaecological doctor and some medical assistants accompanied her to SCB Medical.
According to the the victim, Sibasis called her to the forest on Monday evening. The accused then raped and thrashed her severely and fled the spot. She was lying inside the forest since Monday as she was unable to move. SP Basant Kumar Panigrahi said the accused admitted to have committed the crime. Sibasis told the police that he was not willing to marry the girl despite having an affair as his parents were against the relationship. The girl had been pressurising him for marriage and he had asked her to wait for another six months. However, she refused to give him more time.
On the other hand, the girl’s father is reluctant to take her back home after treatment as her entry into the village is now being opposed by locals. Some villagers, who had visited the DHH on Thursday, said they will not allow her to come to the village.