A 38-year-old Navy officer has been arrested in Kottayam on charges of raping a woman, police said Sunday. The woman’s father had lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that the Navy officer raped his daughter after making a false promise to marry her. Murali Kumar, a chief petty officer of Navy in Mumbai, was arrested and remanded in judicial custody on Saturday, police said. He has also been charged under the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act.
Kumar, a two-time Mr Asia title holder and eight-time Mr India title winner, allegedly befriended the woman through social media.Police said they would file a report with naval authorities on the incident.