Sexual abuse by priests: Woman record statement before Magistrate

Times of India

July 3, 2018

Kottyam – The sworn affidavit of the woman who is alleged to have been sexually abused by four priests of the Orthodox Church was recorded before a Magistrate on Tuesday. The woman arrived at the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Thiruvalla by around 5.20pm to record the statement. Earlier in the day, the State Crime Branch officials had handed over the copy of the FIR against the four priests to the court and submitted an application for recording the statement of the woman under section 164.

The woman was presented before the Magistrate after conducting her medical tests. Merin Joseph SP was also added to the Crime Branch probe team.

In another related development, Crime Branch IG S Sreejith called on the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church head Catholicos Baselius Mar Thomas Paulose II at the church headquarters in Devalokam here on Tuesday. The officer arrived here around 1pm and spend over one hour in conversation with the church head behind closed doors. While leaving, Sreejith told the media persons that the church head has extended all possible help for the investigation of the case. The officer also apprised the church head of the status of the case and the also the possibility of the arrest of the priests. The Church head gave the go ahead for the officer regarding this.

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