College principal facing rape charges removed from post

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 22:35

Tiruchirappalli: The Principal of the St
Joseph College here, accused of raping a nun, has been
relieved from the post, officials said today.

"The College Management has relieved Father R
Rajarathinam from the Post with immediate effect," officials
said, adding a new person would take over as
Principal-in-charge from today.

Police said Rajarathinam was absconding and they had
registered cases against him under IPC sections for raping and
criminal intimidation.

Meanwhile, the rape victim was subjected to medical
examination and the report would be submitted either today or
tomorrow, police said.

The woman in her complaint said Rajarathinam, who used to
visit the college where she was pursuing graduation in music,
once invited her to his college. He had then drugged and raped

She had also alleged that he had recorded the incident on
his cellphone and threatened to make it public if she
disclosed the matter to anyone.

The woman claimed that she was raped several times over a
period of two years since 2006 and when she was pregnant in
2008, she was forced to undergo an abortion at a private

The Principal had threatened her with dire consequences
several times and sexually harassed her, she alleged.

Members of the `Makkal Kalai Ilayakkiya Kazhagam,`
(People`s Cultural and Literary Front), organised a
demonstration today demanding action against Rajarathinam.


First Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 22:35

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