Priest, fe­male devo­tee ar­rested for rap­ing stu­dent for two years

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Pradeep Gupta

Ul­has­na­gar: Vithal­wadi po­lice on Tues­day ar­rested a 40-year-old Sharon Fel­low­ship Church priest and a 25-year-old fe­male devo­tee for al­legedly rap­ing a Class X stu­dent for two years. An­other devo­tee alerted the vic­tim’s mother that there was some­thing amiss with the priest who had tried to touch her in­ap­pro­pri­ately and was sus­pected to have sex­u­ally as­saulted her daugh­ter.

On re­ceiv­ing a text mes­sage, the 15-year-old vic­tim’s mother took her daugh­ter into con­fi­dence and checked the in­for­ma­tion. “My daugh­ter broke down and re­vealed the or­deal that she had been fac­ing for two years. She said the priest had threat­ened her and used to get phys­i­cal with her af­ter his ac­com­plice, a devo­tee too, used to black­mail her and take her to his house, where both sex­u­ally as­saulted my daugh­ter,” the vic­tim’s mother stated in her com­plaint.

Ateam led by se­nior in­spec­tor S J Shir­sat and in­spec­tor Nand­lal Khad­kikar car­ried out a probe and ar­rested Geet Kumar Som­nath Pil­lai alias Manikut­tan alias Shree­jit and Rosy (name changed), who served as a priest at the church in Vithal­wadi. Po­lice will record the state­ment of the woman who alerted the vic­tim’s mother too.

The mi­nor has been visi- ting the church for three years along with her fam­ily to of­fer prayers. “She had met Rosy, who in­tro­duced her to Pil­lai, in Fe­bru­ary 2015. They got close and fi­nally she took her to the ac­cused’s house, where the priest and devo­tee raped and com­mit­ted un­nat­u­ral sex with her,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The duo has been booked un­der In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) sec­tions 323 (hurt), 376 (rape), 377 (un­nat­u­ral of­fences) and 506 (crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion). They were also booked un­der Pre­ven­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences (POCSO) Act sec­tions 4 (pen­e­tra­tive sex­ual as­sault), 6 (ag­gra­vated pen­e­tra­tive sex­ual as­sault), 8 (sex­ual ha­rass­ment) and 17 (abett­ment). They will be pro­duced be­fore a lo­cal court on Wed­nes­day.

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