A woman from West Bengal was allegedly raped and tortured for more than a week by a male friend she met over the phone in south Delhi’s Neb Sarai neighborhood.

The accused, Paras (28), is from Uttarakhand and works as a cook at a Delhi restaurant. He was charged with rape, sodomy, and causing harm to the victim by employing cruel techniques such as ‘pouring hot dal’ on her body, officials said on Tuesday, according to PTI.

On January 30, a FIR was filed in the matter in response to the woman’s complaint under Indian Penal Code sections 323 (voluntarily causing pain), 376 (rape), and 377 (sodomy). The police apprehended Paras on February 2.

The victim had been living with Paras in a rented apartment in Raju Park, Neb Sarai, for about a month, according to the police.

The incident was brought to light on January 30 when the Neb Sarai police station received a PCR call reporting a woman being abused by her husband. When the police arrived, they rescued the woman and transported her to AIIMS, where she was admitted with roughly 20 injury marks. She has since been discharged.

“When police inquired about the matter, the woman stated that she hailed from Darjeeling in West Bengal and came into contact with the accused over the phone,” a senior police officer stated, according to PTI.

The victim had been in contact with Paras over the phone for the past 3-4 months. She was planning to move to Bengaluru in early January for a housemaid job when she met Paras, who convinced her to stay and offered to help her find work.

However, over the course of a week, the accused reportedly began physically and sexually abusing her. According to the woman, in one distressing instance, Paras spilled boiling dal on her, resulting in burn injuries.

The authorities have claimed that a thorough inquiry into the situation is presently ongoing.