Indian-origin man charged with rape of minor in Australia

Sydney, March 2: An Indian-origin man was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in the Australian state of New South Wales, a media report said Sunday.

Police told a court here Saturday that Surendra Chowdhry, 57, allegedly tied the girl’s hands behind her back and then raped her in Sydney on New Year’s day in 2013, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Sunday.

Chowdhry wanted to “resolve the matter within the family”, the report added.

Police said the victim’s father also expressed the desire to “bypass police and the judicial process”.

The magistrate refused him bail and remanded him in custody.

IANS