|Andheri Temple Priest Convicted for Rape
Mid-Day Mumbai [India]
January 18, 2006
A local court in Mumbai today convicted a temple priest on the charge of rape of a 62-year-old woman within the temple complex in Andheri in 2004.
Pronouncing the judgement, additional sessions judge M Keny held the accused, Yogesh Sharma, alias Mukhia (25), guilty of the rape charge and sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 4,000 and, in default, to undergo another year's imprisonment.
According to the prosecution, the victim was raped in the temple on June 16, 2004. Immediately, she rushed to a private hospital, but was referred to the municipal hospital after which the Versova police registered a complaint of rape against the priest.
The accused was arrested the same day on the basis of the statement of the victim at the hospital.
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