19-Yr-Old Allegedly Raped in Hyd Theatre During Screening of Film

In a shocking incident that came to light, a 19-year-old girl from Hyderabad was allegedly raped by a youngster in a movie theatre in Secunderabad on Monday 1 February, during the screening of a film.

The incident came to light after the Secunderabad Market police arrested the accused on Thursday. The accused has been identified as 23-year-old K Bhikshapati from Jangaon, an excavator operator.

The police said that the accused met the survivor through Facebook a few months ago, and the duo had developed a relationship. The duo decided to meet on Monday, when Bhikshapati came to Hyderabad to meet his relatives in the city.

“They visited Indira Park and later Bhikshapati took her to a movie in Prashant theatre in the afternoon. Later, inside the theatre, he raped her by luring her with a fake promise of marriage,” Inspector M Mattaiah, was quoted as saying.

The Times of India reported that the duo had gone to watch Padmaavat in Prashant theatre in Secunderabad, and the accused took advantage of nearby seats being empty.

The ToI report also adds that Bikshapathi and the teenager met at Swathi Hotel near Secunderabad railway station around 20 days ago, and even went to his sister’s house at Jagathgirigutta at the time.

Based on a complaint by the survivor, a case was registered against Bhikshapati under Section 376 of the IPC, that deals with rape.

The accused has been sent to judicial custody and further investigation is ongoing.

This incident comes a week after a 15-year-old in Hyderabad was allegedly raped several times by her mother’s partner. The incident was reported by the survivor’s mother at the Pahadishareef police station.

The accused raped the girl when she was alone at home, according to her complaint. Based on the complaint, a case was registered under POCSO Act and IPC Section 376 (punishment for rape) against Jayaveer.

(This piece was originally published on The News Minute and has been republished with permission)

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