VELLORE: A 50 year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for raping his friend’s 35 year-old mentally challenged daughter.
The shocking incident came to light when the mother of the victim took her daughter to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Alamelumangapuram as her daughter was vomiting frequently. She was told at the PHC that her daughter was pregnant. This prognosis was confirmed at the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH) on Tuesday. The doctor at the GVMCH, after examining the victim, told the mother that the victim was three months pregnant.
“My daughter started to vomit frequently a week ago. Worried about her health, the mother first took her to a PHC in Alamelumangapuram for treatment. The doctors, after finding that she was pregnant, referred her to the GVMCH for further check up,” said the police personnel attached to the All Women Police Station (AWPS) of Ranipet.
On being informed, Inspector J Kalaiarasi of AWPS, Ranipet, learned from the mother that her daughter had told her that Vetri Selvan (alias) Hidayathullah their close family friend and a resident of Melvishram, had been ‘physically intimate’ with her. “The victim’s mother often goes to her brother’s house in Oosur and stays there for a week. Her father goes to work and returns home late. Taking advantage of this, Hidayathuallah threatened the mentally challenged woman, who was also partially disabled, and raped her,” police said.
Based on the complaint lodged by the victim’s mother, the police registered a case under Section 376 (rape) and Section 506(i) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and arrested Hidayathullah on Wednesday. He has been remanded under judicial custody in the Vellore Central Prison.