A health official in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram has been arrested for allegedly raping a 44-year-old woman, who was seeking a coronavirus negative certificate from him.
The complainant has alleged that the official, who is a junior health inspector, had allegedly asked her to come to his house to get the certificate, police said. On reaching his house, the woman said she was allegedly wrongfully confined, tied-up, physically assaulted and raped.
“The official allegedly physically assaulted her, tied her hands and mouth for some time in between, and raped her. The medical examination has been done. Further investigation is underway. A case has been registered under section 376 of the IPC,” Circle Inspector Suneesh told NDTV.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has ordered for the suspension of the official, identified as Pradeep, from service, pending enquiry.
On late Saturday night, police arrested an ambulance driver for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta, based on the complaint.
However, preliminary probe suggests that he was hired by the company last year without a police clearance certificate.
“He has been terminated from the service. We had sent several reminders to few of the recruits asking for the police clearance certificates to be submitted. The accused had submitted a letter saying he has requested for a police clearance certificate but did not submit any,” a senior official of GVK EMRI told NDTV.