April 26, 2014 | UPDATED 17:18 IST
J Binduraj Kochi
A catholic priest is on the run since the police registered a case against him on Friday for raping a nine-year-old girl, who was attending church classes for receiving first Holy Communion.
The girl’s parents alleged that she was sexually assaulted several times in April and Fr Raju Kokken, 40, Vicar of the St. Pauls Church at Thaikkattussery in Thrissur, shot nude pictures of her in his mobile phone. Following the complaint and after internal inquiry, Thrissur Arch Diocese had ousted the priest from the Church.
According to Ollur Police, the girl was lured by the priest with promise of free robes for the Holy Communion and the Vicar raped the girl thrice in April in his office room. The girl, who hails from a poor family, was forced to go naked before him when the Vicar asked her to remove her clothes in the pretext of checking whether the Holy Communion dress suits her or not. The girl told police that she was sexually assaulted thrice by the priest afterwards. The girl said that the priest took her naked photographs in his mobile phone.
The police confirmed the rape after conducting a medical examination of the victim. The police registered the case against the Vicar under various non-bailable sections of the IPC and Section 66 (a) of the Information Technology Act.
The police have intensified search for the alleged rapist.
Indian priest charged with raping 10-year-old girl
Suspect allegedly lured victim by purchasing dress for girl’s first communion, police say
April 25, 2014
Police in Kerala are looking for a 44-year-old Catholic priest who is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl three times.
The girl’s parents on Thursday filed a complaint against Father Raju Kokken of St. Paul’s Parish in Kerala. According to the complaint, the victim was sexually assaulted on April 8, 11 and 24.
The Thrissur district police charged the priest with rape. They also charged him under the information and technology act for digitally recording the sexual act.
City police commissioner P. Prakash told ucanews.com that police have started a manhunt for the priest, who went missing after the victim lodged the complaint.
Police have recorded the victim’s statement in which she alleged that the priest molested her while she was changing into a dress the priest purchased for the girl’s first Communion. The priest also recorded the sexual act on a mobile phone, police said.
“The girl belongs to a poor family and the priest lured her to his room and offered her a new dress for her holy Communion,” Prakash said.
The priest’s mobile phone was found to have been switched off since yesterday.
Trichur Archdiocesan spokesman Fr Geo Kadavil said the Church would take action against the priest if the allegations were true, the Indian Express has reported.
“We are trying to understand the truth. Definitely, he would face action as per the Church law,” said Kadavil.