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Kerala sexual abuse case: Priest surrenders

Press Trust of India  |  Kollam (Ker) 

One of the three

Syrian Orthodox priests, accused of sexually abusing a woman, today surrendered before the police here.

Father Job Mathew, the second accused in the case, surrendered before the Crime Branch office here and is being questioned, police sources said.

The surrender comes a day after the dismissed anticipatory bail pleas of three priests, observing they acted as "predators" and took "undue advantage" of the woman.

The priests-- Abraham Varghese alias Sony, and had approached the court soon after the Crime Branch of slapped rape charges against four of the five church priests.

The crime branch has registered an FIR against the priests after recording the victim's statement.

Last month, the woman's husband had accused the five priests of using his wife's confession to 'blackmail' and 'sexually abuse' her.

The incident had come to light after an audio clip containing the man's purported conversation with a church official alleging sexual abuse of his wife by the priests was widely circulated on

Veteran CPI(M) of Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission V S Achuthanandan and the had written to State DGP Loknath Behara, demanding a probe into the charges.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 12:55 IST
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