KERALA

Youth held on rape charge

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: The Balussery police have arrested a youth on the charge of kidnapping and raping a girl and later uploading the video on Internet and transmitting it through the mobile phone.

A team of police officers led by Balussery Circle Inspector Jossy Cheriyan arrested S. Faizal, hailing from Punoor in the district. He was in hiding at Tanur in Malappuram district. The police have charged the accused under Section 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 366 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code.

The accused was produced before the Perambra Judicial First Class Magistrate Court and remanded to 14 days.

Mr. Cheriyan said the victim, a 19-year-old computer student, had complained to the police six months ago that Faizal had seduced her under the pretext of being in love with her. Later, he took her in a car and gave her a drink that made her unconscious. The accused videotaped the rape scenes and uploaded them on the Internet and transmitted them to the mobiles.

The police suspect that Faizal belongs to an international racket involved in selling and distribution of pornographic material in electronic format.

The accused had fled to Chennai in the wake of the police launching a State-wide investigation. He returned to the State recently. Faizal was arrested following a tip off.

The police have charged him under IPC Section. Further investigations are being carried out with the cyber cell to find out his involvement in the racket.