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Kerala priest held for rape of minor who gave birth

According to police, her parents did not realise for quite sometime that the girl was pregnant

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: February 28, 2017 10:31 am
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A Catholic priest was arrested in Kochi on Monday on the charge of sexually abusing a minor girl who later gave birth to a child. Kerala police identified the priest as 48-year-old Robin Vadakkancheril, vicar at the  St Sebastian’s Church in Kottiyoor in Kannur district. He will face charges under the POCSO Act and IPC section 376. From the Syro-Malabar Catholic diocese of Mananthavady, Vadakkancheril had served as director of the Church-run daily Deepika and Jeevan TV before moving to Kottiyoor. He had also worked with a college under the diocese. Police said the victim was a school girl, the daughter of farm hands. Police said the priest raped the girl in his bedroom at the parsonage attached to the church. “There was only one incident of abuse,’’ police said.

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“The girl gave birth to a child three weeks ago. The newborn was handed over to a private orphanage in Wayanad district. After the case was registered, the baby was handed over to a government-run orphanage in Kannur,’’ police said. On a tip-off from the government-backed Childline service for children in distress, police questioned the girl on Sunday. “Initially, the girl said she was abused by her own father. Later, when we questioned her in detail with the help of policewomen, the girl disclosed the name of Fr Robin,’’ police said.

According to police, her parents did not realise for quite sometime that the girl was pregnant — she attended school regularly, and wore the uniform in a manner that no one noticed she was pregnant. The spokesman of the Mananthavady diocese was not available for comment. Robin Vadakkancheril’s name and photograph had been removed from the website of the diocese. In Kottiyoor, residents said the priest had been at the church until Sunday when he announced that he would be away from the parish until Friday. Incidentally, he used to speak against sexual abuse of children and had even alerted police a few months ago about a sex racket in the region.

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    VISWALINGAM
    Feb 28, 2017 at 4:08 am
    BLOODY PRIEST MUST BE HANGED TO DEATH SO THAT OTHERS WILL BE AFRAID OF DOING THE SAME THING ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      Dinesh Hadiya
      Feb 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm
      People,lt;br/gt;Don't judge a religion because of such shameful act done by one priest or pastor. I'm not Christian but because of this I wouldn't go ahead and abuse any religion right?lt;br/gt;If some hindu does something like this similarly I won't blame any religion, same goes for Islam and any other religion. By reading your comments I can figure out we're all well educated. If anything happens as such in your religion, will your parents or anyone of that religion stop following that religion? No right? See, this doesn't make any sense. By blaming any religion we are blaming ourselves because no religion is better than other, humanity is. Hope this makes sense to you all.
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        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
        Feb 28, 2017 at 2:36 am
        And Catholic nuns are caught in LE$BIAN acts,-----so called true God JISU who got nailed in CHADDIS like SARONG almost naked by some handful human beingssaid was here to save the world but couldn't save his ownself,---JISU was born out of a VIR-GIN,----JISU got nailed as a VIR-GIN,--MARY gave birth as a VIR-GIN,----and how many VETI-CU-N-Ts and NUNS are are VIR-GINS,-----these Mary and JISU followers not practicing what their leaders Mary and JISU preached,---and yet they trying to preach others who are not followers of their VIR-GIN so called nailed gods,----Jai hind.
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          Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
          Feb 28, 2017 at 5:03 am
          Than why don't you die for him after committing your own sins,---means you create sin and someone else dies for your sin,--Its a sin within itself,---and then commit sins mon to sat than ask for for vines on Sunday,---what a sinful religion,-----Jai hind.
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            charles
            Mar 8, 2017 at 6:47 am
            Who gave me sins... this THEORY that i inherited it coz Adam sinned is itself fallacious..... but i believe in jesus as a saviour and not just a person or god's son wh odied for my sins.... Jesus is ONE OF THE SAVIOURS ... lie Mohammed or Buddha or RAmakrishna or Krishna or any other hindu saint or God...
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