Close on the heels of the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi, Tripura police arrested an old man for raping a minor girl. The bizarre incident occurred at Lankamura, on the outskirts of Agartala city on Thursday, but the victim’s mother lodged a complaint with the police on Friday citing the delay to “pressure from a local political leader.”

Police said on Saturday that they have arrested 75-year-old Pachuram Bin following the complaint. He was produced in a court which placed him under police remand.

Pachuram allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl when she was collecting firewood. The scene of crime is covered by thick plants and the accused took advantage of the isolation, police said.

She fainted after returning home and her mother soon came to know about her ordeal. “I immediately took a decision to move the police, but a local leader prevented me, assuring that he would ensure justice for my daughter,” the hapless mother charged.

She later took her daughter to the Agartala Medical College and Hospital, but the doctor there refused to treat the “injured” child without a police complaint. She finally went to the police station to register a case against the culprit. Rape of the minor girl was established in the course of a medical examination under the supervision of the police.

The victim’s family is economically very poor and her father is physically challenged.