A newly-wed woman was gagged and raped by her neighbour at Kapali in Seraikela-Kharsawan on Thursday night.
Police have lodged a rape case against Dalma Karmakar (25) who is not a first-time offender. He is absconding.
According to the statement given by the 18-year-old victim, she was sleeping in her room when Dalma sneaked in, startled her by stuffing a piece of cloth in her mouth and then raped her. Before leaving, he threatened her of dire consequences if she told about him to anyone.
"But, I couldn't sleep. I woke up in the morning and narrated my ordeal to my in-laws who had been sleeping in another room. My father-in-law brought me to lodge a complaint," the woman said.
She added that she had got married only two months ago and her husband ' a contract worker ' was away at Kalinganagar in Odisha.
Police sent her to MGM Medical College and Hospital for a medical examination.
Sub-inspector Manoj Kumar Gupta of Kapali police station said the accused had fled home. "We received the complaint around 10am and soon raided his house, which is two blocks away from that of the victim's, but he is absconding. We have detained his father," he said.
A year ago, Dalma was charged of raping a 17-year-old in Kapali. But, the matter was "settled" following intervention of "influential people".