Youths molest girl on Odisha road, cops take action after video goes viral

The girl did not disclose the incident to anyone out of fear and shame.

Bhubaneswar: Almost a month after a girl was molested on road, the video recording of the incident in Odisha's Bargarh district has gone viral on social media, prompting the police to arrest the accused.

Though the incident took place on October 4 near Khaira dam in Paikmal area, the video went viral on social media and also appeared in television channels. Six people have been taken into custody.

As per the direction of Director General of Police R P Sharma and Bargarh SP, police registered a case suo motu and formed two special squads to nab the accused, sub-divisional police officer (Padampur), L N Panda said.

The DGP said all the SPs and police stations have already been directed to take stern action against persons involved in such cases.

The six arrested included four prime accused, identified as Hotasan Hati, 24; Ajit barik, 28; Jayaprakash Bhoi, 31; and Umakanta Bhoi, 39; the SDPO said adding their two associates were also arrested. They were Sahil Barik, 18; and Niroj Barik, 38; police said.

In the viral video, the girl student in college uniform was seen pleading before a group of youths to let her go. However, the youths who had covered their faces kept on harassing and outraging her modesty, and also thrashed a youth who accompanied her.

A police officer said the girl had been to Khaira Dam with two cousins on a motor-cycle on October 4 and one of the cousins left with the bike. The accused people who were organizing a picnic near the dam chased the two, harassed the girl and outraged her modesty. The duo did not disclose the incident to anyone out of fear and shame.

However, accused Hotasan Hati had made a video recording on his mobile phone and he later circulated the video on social media. Finally, it was aired by TV news channels. Though no complaint had been lodged, a probe was launched as per the order of the SP following instruction from the DGP.

The accused were booked for outraging the modesty of the girl and under other relevant provisions of the IPC. As the video was posted on social media, they were also booked under provisions of the IT Act, the police said.

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