Cuttack, Sept 5: A woman has been spending sleepless nights outside an ATM counter to protect her minor daughter from a rape attempt.
The shocking incident came to light on Monday after social workers Ranjita Dhal and Aniska Choudhury rescued a woman along with her 11-year-old daughter and 2.5-year-old son near Barabati Stadium and produced the trio before the Cuttack Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
According to reports, the woman from the Machua Bazar area was married but fell in love with another man. When she left in in-laws’ house and came to her beloved one, she found that the man was married following which their relationship did not last long.
Later, she got separated from her second husband and started living with her children near Dayashram in a makeshift house where a youth attempted to rape her minor daughter on June 26.
She filed a police complaint in this regard and the accused was arrested. She shifted to the Raghunathpur area near Nandankanan on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar following the mishap and worked here at a hotel at Rs 5000 salary per month.
However, the money was not sufficient to run her family in a rented house. She returned back to Cuttack City 10 days ago and made an ATM counter her night shelter. The accused who had attempted to rape her minor daughter is now on bail and his friends have threatened to take revenge. Now she is watching her children sitting outside the ATM counter at night.
During counseling at the CWC office yesterday, the social workers tried to convince her to send the minor girl to a childcare institute; however, her brother was in no way ready to leave his sister. A final decision will be taken for the minor girl’s rehabilitation on September 8, said a CWC member.