According to NDTV’s report, the police on Saturday said that middle-aged married woman was allegedly raped repeatedly by a ‘tantrik’ for 79 days in front of her two-and-half-year-old son in Odisha’s Balasore district.
On Friday, the police rescued the woman and her child from a locked room. The accused, however, managed to escape, and a manhunt has been launched to arrest him.
The survivor, in her complaint, alleged that her husband and in-laws had forced her to stay with the “tantrik”. She was made to stay there to resolve a marital discord between the woman and her in-laws.
She had to undergo physical and mental torture by her in-laws for dowry, claimed the woman, who had gotten married in 2017.
If the woman stays with him for a few months, he would resolve the discord, the “tantrik” had assured the family. However, after she refused to follow their instruction, her mother-in-law allegedly sedated her and she later regained consciousness in the tantrik’s room and found her son also in it.
She was repeatedly raped by the “Tantrik” for 79 days in the room in front of her son.
The “Tantrik” apparently arranged food for the mother and child. The survivor, on April 28, found that the tantrik had left his mobile phone in the room, and used it to call up her parents and narrate her ordeal. Her parents informed the police about her situation.
However, by the time police reached the location, the “tantrik” had escaped. The accused has been booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Section 376 (rape).
The survivor, in her FIR, has named her husband, his brother and other in-laws in the FIR. However, no arrests have been made so far.
The woman has been admitted to a hospital and her health is reportedly stable.
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