Priest held for sexually abusing minor girl inside church

A Kerala priest was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old school girl inside a church in Thiruvananthapuram, police said.

The crime took place on Sunday when the victim had gone to the church for taking Bible lessons, they said. A case under POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and section 376 of IPC (rape) has been registered against the accused, Fr. Devaraj (65), of Kandanthitta CSI church.

The girl’s father alleged that he saw his daughter being abused by the accused when he came to pick her up, and immediately informed the police.

The accused has been functioning as the priest in the church since the past one year, police added.

(Agencies)

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