Hyderabad: A man who was running an orphanage was arrested by the Malkajgiri police for repeatedly raping a 15-year-old inmate. The girl is pregnant, police said. The accused, M. Sunith Kumar, had threatened the victim not to reveal the incident to anybody.
Kumar ran an NGO, Save A Child, in Secunderabad that accommodates both boys and girls. The orphanage was established in 1987.
The victim’s distant relatives, who came to know about the rape approached the police.
“A complaint was lodged by a relative of the minor on Monday against Kumar stating that he raped the girl several times in the orphanage,” said Malkajgiri sub-inspector Ramesh.
“There were several allegations against the man, but nobody had come forward to lodge a complaint till now. Many women working for the NGO had quit because of the harassment,” said Balala Hakkula Sang-ham vice-president Achyuta Rao.
The Malkajgiri police booked a case under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against the accused. Kumar has been sent to judicial remand.