Boy stripped, assaulted in Orissa village

(Bhubaneswar, October 16)

THE POLICE have arrested four persons for allegedly stripping and assaulting a tribal boy, accused of stealing a camera, and trying to forcibly convert him to Christianity at a village in Orissa's Kandhmahal district, according to a senior police official.

DIG of Police, Southern Range, Berhampur, B.N. Hota said a case had been registered in this connection under various sections of IPC and the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act on the basis of a FIR lodged by the father of 13-year-old boy Sabuasanu Digal, a resident of the village, on October 12.

The complainant, in the FIR alleged that Digal was accused by the organisers of the convention of stealing a camera and he was stripped, assaulted and paraded in the village for his refusal to convert to Christianity.

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