Swami arrested for raping minor girl in ashram

An orphanage director was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl inmate, police said.

Swami Poornananda (52) was apprehended under section section 376 (punishment for rape) of the IPC after the victim lodged a complaint against him, they said.

The accused is head of the city-based Swami Gnananda Ashram which houses an orphanage and old-age home.

He was picked up from the ashram premises along with a woman, police said.

It is suspected that the alleged incident might have taken some three months back as claimed by the girl, police said.

Meanwhile, members of a tribal students association thrashed the accused alleging that he had sexually assaulted other inmates of the shelter as well.

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