Priest molests 9-year-old girls in Kerala church; absconds as child line activists file complaint

Paravoor: in another incident of child abuse in churches, Fr. George Padayatti, 68, has been booked by the Vadakkara police in Kerala for molesting girl children who visited the church. Though parents of the children refused to file any complaint, child line activists who came to know about the incident informed the police. The priest is now absconding, said police officials.

Police say the incident happened a month ago when the nine-year-old girls visited the church for prayers during a break at school. The priest who was also the manager of a school reportedly molested the children. Though the children informed their parents about the incident they were not willing to file any complaint against the priest. However, knowing the incident child line activists informed the police who booked the priest for charges under POCSO.

Subsequent investigations have revealed that three children were abused and the girls have given confidential statement to the magistrate. Subsequent investigations have revealed that three children were abused. However, knowing the move, the priest left the place informing his fellowmen that he is going for eye treatment.

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