In Machilipatnam town of Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, a 24-year-old married woman filed a rape complaint against the pastor Joel Racherlla who visited her house for prayer, News Meter reported.
The pastor Joel Racherlla is 28-year-old. The pastor belongs to Emmanuel Gospel Fellowship Church. Inaguduru's Police Sub-Inspector B.K Raju registered a case against Joel under Section 376 of the IPC. A special team has been formed to arrest the accused who has been absconding.
According to media reports, Joel had been visiting the woman's house for prayers for the past few weeks. The woman also used to go to Joel's Church for Sunday prayers. A few weeks ago, the pastor visited the victim's house for prayers. He took some photos of the woman and also some selfies. Later, he threatened to morph her photos and upload them on social networking platforms unless she had sex with him. Joel also sent obscene messages and photos to the victim. Last Sunday (5th April 2020), he visited the woman's house and raped her when her family members were out.
The residents urged police to take serious action against the pastor Joel and alleged that he had been sexually harassing other women, too. The victim was taken to the Government hospital in Machilipatnam for medical examination.