Balasore, September 11 (LocalWire): Khaira unit of the Childline rescued a minor girl from the house of a married man and have moved her to a short stay home Nari Sangha here.
The 13-year old girl from the Patherapentha village under Khantapara police station limits was reported missing since May and her parents and relatives had failed to trace her.
The parents had lodged an FIR with police regarding missing of the girl.
The minor who was rescued with the help of local police from the house of Dhrutiban Sahu when he was away from home had vermilion on her head, suggesting that she was married.
Sources, however, said that it is still not confirmed whether she was married to Sahu since the man is at large.
According to reports, the 35-year old Sahu has been married since 10 years and has an eight-year-old son out of his wedlock with Madhusmita who had informed the child rescue agency and police about the presence of the girl in her house.
While the police are conducting an investigation in the matter, the medical examination of the victim is underway.
“Since the child is a minor, her marriage with the accused Dhrutiban is absolutely illegal.
Hence, police have been directed to register a case under the POCSO Act against accused.
The statement of the minor would be recorded under CrPC 164 and the DCPO has been directed to submit a report for further action on the issue,” the district child welfare committee chairman Bhagirathi Barik said.