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The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Kerala’s Wayanad district was disbanded on Monday by the state government.
The government removed from their position CWC Chairman, Fr Thomas Joseph Therakam and one of the committee members, Betty Jose after they were charged with covering up the rape of the minor girl by a catholic priest in Kottiyoor in Kannur district, about 120 kms from Kozhikode.
Health Minister K.K Shylaja recommended the removal of the two after the police investigation had brought out the fact that documents were manipulated to change the age of the victim.
Kozhikode CWC has been given additional charge of Wayanad CWC.
Fr Robin alias Mathew Vadakkencheril, who was the vicar of the local church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused in the case was arrested on February 28 on charges of sexually exploiting and impregnating the 16-year-old girl.
The victim gave birth to a baby boy on February 7 at a private hospital in Kuthuparamba in Kannur district.
The child was taken to an orphanage at Vythiri in Wayanad district.
The officials of the orphanage had alleged that the CWC did not take any action even though they had informed it about the newborn on February 8, a day after the infant was admitted there.
Meanwhile, police are on the look out for seven accused who are still absconding.