Accused Durga Prasad Das, 32, allegedly intercepted the woman on her way back home to Tarito village, 40 km from Bhubaneswar, Sunday evening.
He forcibly took her to a secluded place and raped her. When she protested, he hit her with a stone killing her, Cuttack Superintendent of Police (rural) Gurudash Kundu told IANS.
Das dumped the body in a nearby canal.
The body of the woman was spotted a day later by her relatives. Her father had also filed a missing complaint with the police.
According to police, the accused and the victim were from the same village and were known to each other. Das had proposed to the girl a number of times but she always rejected him.
Police said they were investigating whether any other person was involved in the crime.
--IANS (Posted on 27-09-2013)