Advocate held on charges of rape

Nearly three months after a 35-year-old widow lodged a complaint stating that she was blackmailed and sexually exploited by a Visakhapatnam-based advocate, the LB Nagar police on Sunday arrested the accused.

In judicial custody

The accused, Mallarapu Soma Sekhar, was nabbed at Tadepalligudem in West Godavari of Andhra Pradesh and brought to the city, said LB Nagar inspector P Kasi Reddy. He was remanded to judicial custody on Sunday, he said. Mr Reddy said that the accused sexually exploited the woman and blackmailed her after capturing her photographs. The photos were taken after giving sedatives to her.

‘False promise’

“The accused also lured her with the promise of providing her husband’s government job on compensatory grounds. He had alsod misbehaved with two of her daughters,” he said.

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