Father George Padayattil, a Kerala Catholic priest of the Syro Malabar Church, Ernakulam district has been booked for allegedly sexually assaulting three 9-year-old girls. The case has been registered against the 68-year-old.
“The incidents happened last month when the girls went to the priest’s ‘meda’, the place where he stays alongside the church, to get his blessings after Sunday rites. According to the complaint, the girls revealed that he touched them inappropriately during two such incidents,” a police official was quoted as saying in The News Minute report.
Father George Padayattil has been booked under Section 10 (Punishment for aggravated sexual assault), Section 11 (Sexual harassment) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
“The children gave their statement to the judicial magistrate under oath. The case was charged after that. We are waiting to receive a copy of the statement, following which we will increase the charges against him,” the police official said according to the report.
The priest is currently absconding.