Priest on the run after Kerala teen delivers baby

A priest in Kerala is being charged with sexual abuse after a 16-year-old girl delivered a baby in a private hospital at Kottiyoor.

Published: 28th February 2017 11:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2017 11:03 AM   |  A+A-

By ANI

KANNUR: A priest in Kerala is being charged with sexual abuse after a 16-year-old girl delivered a baby in a private hospital at Kottiyoor in Kannur.

Police said  the girl is a Class XI student of a school at Kottiyoor and a resident of Neendunooki in Kottiyoor. The baby was born on Sunday. Tipped off about the birth, Child Line officials informed the police, who found clues indicating that she had been raped by her father. The father was taken into custody and questioned for the crime, but he alleged that it was Vadakkancheril Mathew (Robin), a priest at the Kottiyoor St Sebastian Church, who committed the crime.

The girl’s house is near the church and the priest might have become acquainted with the girl, police added. A case has been filed under Section 376 and the Prevention of Child Sexual Offences Act. Police are searching for the priest, who is believed to have fled to Ernakulam.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.