Navy officer held on rape charges

Kottayam: A 38-year-old Navy officer has been arrested here on charges of raping a woman, police said Sunday.

The woman’s father had lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that the Navy officer raped his daughter after making a false promise to marry her.

Murali Kumar, a chief petty officer of Navy in Mumbai, was arrested and remanded in judicial custody yesterday, police said.

He has also been charged under the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act. The victim in her early 20’s alleged that Kumar raped her when she had gone to meet him at a hotel here last week.

He had allegedly invited her to the hotel room, police said. The incident came to light when the woman was admitted to a private hospital near here, police said.

Kumar, a two-time Mr Asia title holder and eight-time Mr India title winner, allegedly befriended the woman through social media. Police said they would file a report with naval authorities on the incident.