The police are on the look out for a 35-year-old caste-Hindu man for allegedly raping a 55-year-old Dalit woman of a village in Tiruchengode Taluk on Friday night.

The police said neighbours who came to know about the incident on Saturday, admitted her to Tiruchengode Government Hospital and informed the police.

According to the police, preliminary investigations revealed that the woman was in the pump shed of her landlord, when the accused, R. Senthil (35), who belonged to the same village, raped her.

The woman told the police that she was beaten and tortured by the assailant. She did not tell anyone about the assault on her as the man threatened to kill all members of her family if she revealed it to anyone. Agitated villagers urged the police to arrest the accused without delay. The police said he had gone into hiding after the incident came to light. Superintendent of Police P. Kannammal told The Hindu that a case was registered under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and various Sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. A search was on for the accused.

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