A 22-year-old man allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl after drugging her at a Jubaguda village orchard of Kandhamal district on Monday. Villagers found the girl in an unconscious state. She was later taken to the Kotagada community health centre.
Ancient Indian texts describe the banyan tree as a refuge for hermits and sages. Millennia later, a vat vrikshya has spread its roots to allow 2,000-plus women from tribal communities become self-sufficient and have a better life.