//Dalit Girl raped, Two held including a pastor

Dalit Girl raped, Two held including a pastor

Efforts are on to arrest the rest of the accused in the case

Thiruvananthapuram: Jun 30, 2006

The Pettah police have arrested two persons, including a pastor, in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old Dalit girl.

Circle Inspector, Pettah, Salim Kumar, identified the accused as Stellus (48) and Lear (45). Stellus is a music teacher hailing from Pattoor and Lear works as a pastor for a religious mission.

According to the police, Stellus had sexually exploited the girl while she was his student. Lear has been accused by the police of raping the girl after she joined the religious mission. The police were looking for one Sivaji of Pettah and Reji of Barton Hill in connection with the case. An Excise department guard is also likely to figure as accused in the case along with nine others.

The accused were produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate here on the charge of rape under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and remanded to 14 days in judicial custody.

The case came to light after the girl was rescued by the police from a bus stand in Alappuzha. Earlier, her mother had given a complaint to the Museum police station that her daughter had been missing for several months. The police said the girl was raped by several people at various locations in the State. Efforts were on to arrest the rest of the accused in the case, according to police.

Held for raping minor girl

The Kazhakuttom police have arrested a 24-year-old auto rickshaw driver on the charge of raping a 16-year-old girl. Circle Inspector, Kazhakuttom, Muhammad Iqbal, identified the accused as Santosh. He is a resident of Pothencode. He was produced before the court on the charge of rape and remanded to 14 days in judicial custody.

Mr. Iqbal said that the accused had sexually exploited the girl by giving a false assurance that he would marry her. He said Santosh was already married with two children. The rape case was registered on the basis of a complaint given by the girl's mother.