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.
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