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Pastor booked for raping woman in Machilipatnam

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: April 8, 2020 | Updated on: April 8, 2020

The pastor is said to have visited the victim last Sunday amid the lockdown and raped her while her family members were away

Representational image. (PTI)

Representational image. (PTI)

Machilipatnam: A case has been registered against a pastor for alleged sexually assault on a 24-year-old woman in Andhra Pradesh, police said on Wednesday.

The crime came to light on Tuesday after the victim lodged a complaint against the pastor.

In the complaint, she stated that she was raped by the priest Joel Rachel, who also threatened to release her morphed photographs, they said.

The accused had been visiting the woman's house for prayers for the past few weeks and had taken some pictures using his mobile.

Later, he threatened to morph them.

Last Sunday, during the lockdown, the pastor visited her again and raped her while her family members were away, the complaint said.

Bases on the complaint, a case was registered under IPC section 376.

The victim was admitted to District Government Hospital in Machilipatnam for medical tests while the accused has been absconding, they added.

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