Sep 07 2020, 17:27
Kerala Official Allegedly Rapes Woman Who Needed COVID-19 Papers, Arrested
A health official in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram has been arrested for allegedly raping a 44-year-old woman, who was seeking a coronavirus negative certificate from him.
The complainant has alleged that the official, who is a junior health inspector, had allegedly asked her to come to his house to get the certificate, police said. On reaching his house, the woman said she was allegedly wrongfully confined, tied-up, physically assaulted and raped.
"The official allegedly physically assaulted her, tied her hands and mouth for some time in between, and raped her. The medical examination has been done. Further investigation is underway. A case has been registered under section 376 of the IPC
The woman had returned to her home recently and was asked to undergo quarantine by an official.
She underwent an antigen test which was negative and was told by the man to collect the test certificate from his house where she was allegedly raped, police said.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has ordered for the suspension of the official, identified as Pradeep, from service, pending enquiry.
The Women's commission has also registered a case against the official.