The Kendrapada police arrested a sexagenarian, Kunja Behari Das for allegedly raping a 32-year-old mentally-weak and destitute woman of Patalipanka-based Lutheran Mahila Samiti.
Das, who was the former house father of the Lutheran Mahila Samiti, allegedly raped woman and made her pregnant. The victim delivered a male child in April 2016. But the NGO president later adopted the child unlawfully by showing that the baby was rescued from outside. Das later left NGO and was staying in Mahakalapada. Women and Child Desk Inspector of district SP office Sasmita Behera on Saturday arrested him following the victim woman brought the matter to the notice of the police. During interrogation whereas victim and her mother too took name of Das accusing him of sexual exploitation, their statement was recorded under Section 164 of CrPC, informed police sources. Notably, victim’s brother earlier alleged before Chairperson of Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR), Sandhyabati Pradhan that his sister was harassed sexually at Lutheran Mahila Samiti. Das was produced before a local court where he was remanded in jail custody, informed police sources.