Head Priest Held for Minor's Rape

The Times of India

November 4, 2008

NEW DELHI: A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by the head priest of a temple at Kabir Nagar near Shahdara on Monday evening. The girl had gone alone to offer prayer when the accused, Ishwar, allegedly raped her inside the temple. The police have arrested Ishwar following a medical test on the victim, confirming the rape. A case of rape has been registered against him at the Shahdara police station.

According to the police, the victim used to visit the temple frequently and knew the priests well. "There was nobody else at the temple except the head priest at that time. The priest then asked her to come inside the temple to collect some sweets. As the girl knew Ishwar well, she did not refuse and followed the accused. Once both of them reached a secluded corner of the temple, the accused raped her. The girl returned home crying and narrated the incident to her family,'' said a senior police officer.

The victim's relatives then went to the temple and reportedly beat up the priest before handing him over to the police. There was tension in the area even on Tuesday as locals expressed their shock and anger over the incident. The police are investigating the case further, said S S Yadav, DCP (northeast).



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