Thursday, March 4, 2010

Priest held on molestation charge

Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Crime Branch- Criminal Investigation Department on Thursday arrested a priest on the charge of sexually molesting a minor girl of an educational institution at Nilambur in Malappuram district.

A special team led by the Detective Inspector P.J. Vasudevan arrested K.G. Joseph alias Father Habib, 61, hailing from Pathanapuram, for outraging the modesty of the 15-year-old inmate of home for children more than a year ago.

Released on bail

The accused was charged under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was later released on bail.

The Crime Branch is also investigating another case of the suicide of a girl who is the sister of the sexually assaulted victim of the same institution.

Both the girls hailed from Kannur district and had been staying at the institution for destitute children, Crime Branch officials said.

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