PUDUKKOTTAI: A 22-year-old teaching job aspirant was arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl and impregnating her, near Aranthangi in the district, on Sunday evening.
The matter came to light on Saturday when officials of RECO, the ChildLine’s unit in Aranthangi division, received a call from students of a government school in Manamelkudi taluk, claiming that a Class VII girl had been raped by her neighbour and she was eight months pregnant.
Based on the tip-off, RECO officials, led by its coordinator Lilly, rushed to the spot and held inquiries with the girl and her mother. The girl reportedly told the officials that she had entered into a relationship with her neighbour. At some stage, they developed physical intimacy and the youth reportedly promised to marry her. However, the girl’s mother was unaware of her condition until the officials visited for inquiry.
The RECO officials produced the girl before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the district, where she narrated the entire series of events.
Subsequently, the girl was sent to an Observation Centre in Avudaiyarkoil, where she will remain till Thursday.
Later, the girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the Aranthangi All Women Police, who registered a case under various Indian Penal Code sections and section IV of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, and arrested the youth late on Sunday.
The accused, Rajkiran (22), was a BSc graduate and had recently completed his BEd. He was undergoing training at a private coaching centre in Aranthangi for Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).
Speaking to Express, Lilly said, “The girl was made to undergo a medical test on Monday to ascertain her physical condition. A report would be submitted to the CWC members on Thursday.”
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