Guwahati: A 60-year-old Nagaland pastor, Chandra Kumar Pradhan, was arrested in Kohima for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district. The incident came to light after a 35-year-old man, who caught the heinous act on camera, posted the video on social media. The police have also arrested the man for recording and uploading the video.
The arrest came close to a week after the incident took place on October 29.
Pradhan, a pastor of a missionary church in the Lahorijan of Karbi Anglong district of Assam, took the minor girl to a tea garden near his house, where he allegedly raped her and then fled. The accused had since been on the run and had been changing his location frequently. He was finally caught from a hotel in Nagaland’s capital city Kohima.
The survivor spoke to her parents about the incident only a day after the incident took place. The parents filed an FIR that day at the Khatkhati outpost and a case was registered against Pradhan with charges of rape under IPC 376 slapped against him along with charges of aggravated sexual assault under the POCSO Act, 2012.
The entire incident was caught on camera in a 27-second video which has now gone viral. In the video, Pradhan is seen storming out of the area after getting caught.
The incident has taken place just a few days after a 40 year old women from Meghalaya had accused two priests from the dominant catholic church of the state of sexually abusing her when she was just five years old, as part of the #MeToo movement. Similar accusations have been laid against the church all across the globe, but the religious institution has for long been trying the brush the accusations under the carpet.