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Yet another Kerala priest booked over rape allegation

Press Trust of India  |  Kayamkulam (Ker) 

A case of alleged has been filed against yet another of a church in Kerala, where a string of clergymen are facing accusations of sexual misconduct, police said today.

Binu George, a of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, was alleged to have raped the parishioner in district four years ago. He is currently serving at a church under the diocese at Koypallikaranma.

The victim woman has claimed the sexually assaulted her at the office of the church when she approached him for help to settle some family dispute in 2014.

In her complaint to the police, the woman said she had informed the church authorities about the incident soon thereafter, and was promised she would not face any harassment from him in the future.

However, when the priest continued to torment her and spread "baseless gossip", she decided to take legal recourse, police said.

In a major embarrassment for the clergy, a man from Pathanamthitta district had last month accused five priests of the Malankara Orthodox Church in the state of using his wife's secret confession to blackmail and sexually exploit her.

The alleged by the priests came to light after an audio clip of the victim's husband's purported conversation with a claiming of his wife by the clergymen was widely circulated on

The crime branch of the recently registered an FIR and slapped charges against four of the five priests after recording the woman's statement.

Days later, the in was hit by a scandal, with a senior nun accusing Franco Mulakkal, the of the Latin diocese of Jalandhar, of raping her, and filed a case with the

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 15:25 IST
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