Guwahati: Diphu police on Saturday arrested one temple priest (pujari) for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl under the influence of alcohol.
According to reports, the heinous incident took place two days back at Matipung Rankanthim area near Diphu town.
Sources informed that due to a mobile network issue in her area, the victim girl had been staying at the residence of the accused identified as Velson Tisso for the last seven days.
Notably, the victim girl had no biological or any other kind of family relationship with the accused priest. Reportedly, she was staying at his residence in order to appear in an online examination.
“The incident took place on July 22, 2021. Before committing the crime, another girl who was also present at the crime scene was allegedly forced to consume alcohol. Later, taking the opportunity of the situation, he raped the victim girl. Tisso had house arrested the victim girl following the rape incident,” said Karbi Anglong Women Justice Forum (KWJF), President Beulet Beypi to the media.
The girl on Friday night somehow managed to escape from the residence of Velson Tisso, informed Beulet Beypi.
On Saturday, KWJF and United Karbi Anglong Women Association (UKWA) apprehended the accused and handed him over to Diphu police.
An FIR was also lodged against the accused at the Diphu police station by the family members of the victim girl.
It may also be mentioned that Velson Tisso is also the secretary of the Karbi Kurusar Singroom Amei.
Earlier, on Friday, a minor girl was allegedly raped by an Imam (priest) of a mosque in Lanka’s Udali area.
The Police later apprehended the accused Imam on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim’s parents.
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