Published On : Sat, Mar 4th, 2017

Kerala priest’s rape of minor girl: 5 nuns among eight booked

Eight people, including five nuns, have been booked for their role in hiding facts related to the alleged rape of a minor girl by a vicar of a church in Kannur district of Kerala.

The in-charge of the private hospital at Kuthuparamba in the district, where the 16-year-old girl gave birth to a boy on February 17, and two others, besides the nuns, have been booked under non-bailable sections of POCSO Act and Juvenile Justice Act, Peravoor Circle Inspector, Sunilkumar, who is the investigating officer in the case, said today.

A report has also been submitted to the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Kannur district police superintendent against the Chairman and a member of the Child Welfare Committee of Wayanad district for hiding facts in the case, he said.

The report recommends action against them for concealing details of the newborn from the authorities.

Based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s mother with the Childline that Fr Robin alias Mathew Vadakkancheril had “sexually exploited” her daughter last year, the vicar was arrested on February 28.