BHUBANESWAR: Police revealed on Saturday that a youth accused of raping a visually-challenged girl near Puri on Wednesday, inserted a rod in her private parts to ensure that she died.
The accused, Banmali Barik, is a taxi driver and was acquainted with the victim. He has been arrested and has confessed to the crime.
SP (Puri) Anup Sahoo said Barik was the lone assailant and rape was the prime motive. He killed her to eliminate evidence against him.
“When the girl resisted Barik’s advances, he first tried to strangulate her. He then inserted a rod in her private parts multiple times to ensure that she is dead,” the SP said.
Police said the girl cried for help but nobody was around. She bled to death on the spot. Barik watched her dying and left after he was sure that the victim was not alive to register a complaint against him. The girl had no grown properly for her age and was suffering from hormonal deficiency, police said.
The girl’s body was found in the casuarina forest along the Puri-Konark marine drive road on Thursday. Preliminary autopsy report has attributed the girl’s death to excessive internal bleeding