Indian Catholic priest arrested for raping minor

World | 9 Mar 2017 6:59 pm

Roman Catholic diocese in southern India is considering using security cameras and other measures to contain sexual abuse by priests after a vicar was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl, a spokesman said. 

The bishop of the Mananthavady Diocese has also removed the Reverend Robin Vadakkancheril from his job as vicar of St Sebastian church in Kottiyoor and from conducting any priestly functions, said the Rev Nobel Parackal, a media officer for the diocese in Kerala state. 

Vadakkancheril was arrested late last month after a 17-year-old girl from his parish gave birth to a baby. Investigating officer Sunil Kumar said police are searching for at least five nuns who allegedly helped the priest cover up the rape and subsequent pregnancy. 

Kumar said the girl, after initially refusing to name the father of the baby, said the priest had raped her in the place where the church provided computer lessons. 

Kumar said the girl's family was poor. Her child has been placed in a local orphanage and the girl is being looked after by the town's child welfare committee, he said. 

Parackal said there were no previous complaints on record against Vadakkancheril.-AP


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