Vrindavan Priest Held for Rape of Girls from Maharashtra

By Anuja Jaiswal
Times of India
December 28, 2017

AGRA: A 35-year-old Vrindavan katha vachak (one who recites religious texts for the audience), named Vasudev Giri, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of raping two girls from Maharashtra.

In a complaint to the police, the survivors have alleged that the suspect had been sexually exploiting them for the past three months. They claimed that they had come to him to learn recital of Bhagwad Gita.

Police said that they were tipped off about the case by a caller and when they reached Moti Jheel area, they found the local residents thrashing the katha vachak.

According to the police, the girls, who are around 18 years old, hail from Maharashtra. The suspect also reportedly hails from the same area.

One of girls told reporters that they had been staying here for the past three months. She said the accused secretly made her video one day when she was bathing and began to blackmail her. He forced her to have sexual relationship with him and when she refused, he beat her up.

Mathura senior superintendent of police Swapnil Mangain said that cases under IPC's section 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) have been registered against the accused.

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