Man rapes, blackmails teen to convert to Islam in Karnataka, arrested

Man rapes, blackmails teen to convert to Islam in Karnataka, arrested

Yunus promised to marry the girl after allegedly raping her on the condition that she converted to Islam.

A man has been charged under the anti-conversion law and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act by the police in Karnataka for allegedly blackmailing a 13-year-old girl with compromising pictures and forcing her to convert to Islam and marry him.

The accused, identified as Yunus Pasha alias Fayaz Mohammed, lives in the same neighbourhood as the girl, who is a Hindu.

According to the police, the accused gifted a smartphone to the girl and they began talking on video calls. The girl's family did not know about the phone, they added.

One day, the accused took some obscene pictures of the girl on video call and used them to pressurise her into having physical relations, the police said. When she refused, he started threatening to disclose their private chats and obscene photos to her family, they added.

On November 8, the girl's family went to Shirdi for four days, leaving the girl home with her grandmother. The accused allegedly took advantage of the situation and, on November 10, force fed sleeping pills to the girl's grandmother by mixing them with her food. When she went unconscious, the accused allegedly raped the girl.

According to the complaint filed by the girl's father on November 19, after returning from Shirdi on November 12, they saw changes in the girl's behaviour.

Yunus promised to marry the girl after allegedly raping her on the condition that she converted to Islam.

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Upset with this condition, the girl narrated the incident to her family on November 18. The next day, her father filed a rape and blackmail complaint against Yunus and he was arrested.

The police found that Yunus is already married and has a child.

"The girl's father said in his complaint that his 13-year-old daughter, a student of Class 8, was first blackmailed by a person living opposite to their home. He raped her on a day when she was alone at home and forced her to convert in order to marry her. Acting on this complaint, we have arrested the accused, a case has been registered under the POCSO Act and all aspects of the complaint are being investigated," Mandya's Superintendent of Police N Yatheesh told India Today TV.

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