Hyderabad: A self-styled godman was arrested for allegedly raping a teenage girl multiple times on the pretext of warding off evils from her house in Borabanda area of Hyderabad.

The accused is identified as Azam. Police said that the accused and the 19-year-old girl resided in the same area. He later got familiar to the girl and frequently visited the house of the girl. He told that parents that evil spirits were present in the house and that needed to be chased away.

Azam suggested that the family must visit a a Dargah in Bidar district of Karnataka to in order to get away with the evils, and he accompanied the family to the dargah, an Islamic religious place, where he lured the victim and raped her.

However, after their return, he again raped the girl in their home, according to police.

"After their return from the trip, Azam again visited the house of the victim and asked her parents to stay outside while he recited some hymen to scare off the evils. On finding the girl alone, the accused once again raped her," Panjagutta Additional Commissioner of Police Thirupatanna told ANI.

A case under section 376 (punishment of rape) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at SR Nagar Police Station.

The girl was sent to Bharosa centre for medical assistance and counselling and the victim was sent to judicial remand, the police said.

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