Father of two arrested for raping mentally challenged girl

The victim is believed to be a minor but her exact age is yet to be verified. The accused works in her house.

By: Express News Service | Aizawl | Published:August 18, 2014 4:36 pm

Police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old man for raping a mentally challenged girl in the eastern town of Hnahthial in Mizoram’s Lunglei district.

Lalduhawma, 24, a father of two children, was picked up by police around 11 am Monday after receiving a complaint that he had raped the girl on Sunday night. The girl is believed to be a minor but her exact age is yet to be verified.

“The accused and the victim know each other because he used to work at her family’s house as a carpenter. She was on her way to church for the evening service around 6.30 pm when he obstructed her and raped her,” said a police officer at the Hnahthial police station.

Lalduhawma has been charged with raping a mentally challenged girl (IPC 376 2L) and for wrongful restraint (IPC 339). A charge of raping a minor may be added once the victim’s age is verified, the police officer said.

Lalduhawma is scheduled to be produced before the Lunglei district court on Tuesday morning.