12-yr-old girl accuses Under Secy of torture

Bhubaneswar, Sep 27: Law Department Under Secretary Bhagaban Prasad Sahoo and
his wife are alleged to have tortured their house maid, a minor girl. The
matter came to the fore after the victim lodged a complaint in the Kharvel
Nagar police station here on Saturday. 

According to reports, the
Sahoo couple had been physically torturing the 12-year-old girl since long.
“They both tortured me
mercilessly. They used to beat me with stick and whenever I made mistake while
doing something. Even they tortured me by beating me in hot iron rod,” said the
victim a resident of Kusupur under Gopa police station in Puri district.
The girl, who ran away
from their house on Saturday, was located by a PCR van, which rescued her and
took her to police station.
“A complaint has been
lodged against the Law Department Under Secretary and his wife at the Kharavel
Nagar police station in this regard. We are now verifying the issue. Stringent
legal action will be taken against them if found guilty,” said Bhubaneswar DCP
Satyabrata Bhoi. 
Meanwhile, source said
the officer is not coming to office since the matter come to fore while his
Government quarter is closed.

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