Crime Branch To Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations Against 5 Priests

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| June 29 , 2018 , 14:44 IST

Days after the Malankara Orthodox Church in Kerala suspended 5 priests on alleged sexual harassment and blackmail charges, DGP Loknath Behera on Friday directed the Crime Branch to probe into the case.

Initially, it was found out that the state Police was not registering the case against the accused, causing massive outrage against the State Police, after which the case was filed against the five priests.

The decision to hand over the case to the crime branch of India comes after the National Women for Commission steped in and called for a probe. The National Commission for Women had written to the DGP and State Police Chief of Kerala to investigate in the matter and notify the Commission about the action against the accused.

The NCW also took a note of the conversation over the telephone conversation between woman’s husband and another man in which women’s husband is saying that they are receiving pressure from church to withdraw the case.

The priests were allegedly threatening to reveal that the woman had been having extra marital affairs before marriage which she had disclosed to them. The woman was continuously threatened by priests who were demanding sexual favours from her in Thiruvalla, Kerala.

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Three months ago the woman’s husband had filed a complaint against the priests, in the church itself, and despite taking action the priests were sent on leave. In his letter to the state DGP Achuthanandan, the husband said that the Church should give the complaint copy to the police for investigation.

The woman's husband demanded a probe into the matter and asked for strict actions against the priests.