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Last Updated Friday September 22 2017 11:35 AM IST

Kottiyoor rape case: second accused surrenders

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Kottiyoor rape case: second accused surrenders The police are recording the statement of Thankamma, a mid-wife, who arrived along with her advocate.

Kannur: The second accused in the Kottiyoor rape case, Thankamma Neliyani, surrendered before the police on Saturday morning.

The police are recording the statement of Thankamma, a mid-wife, who arrived along with her advocate.

On Friday, three other accused - former CWC chairman Fr Thomas Joseph Therakam and one of the committee members Sister Betty Jose and superintendent of the orphanage in Wayanad Sister Ophelia - surrendered before the Peravoor CI, Sunil Kumar.

Kottiyoor rape: co-accused Fr Therakam and two nuns surrender, get bail

All four are charged with covering up the rape of a minor girl allegedly by a catholic priest in Kottiyoor.

Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry, who was the vicar of the local church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused in the case was arrested on February 28 on charges of sexually exploiting andimpregnating the 16-year-old girl. The victim gave birth to the child in February at a private hospital in Kuthuparamba in the district.

The child was taken to an orphanage at Vythiri in Wayanad district.

The Kerala High Court had on March 14 directed the accused to surrender before the investigating officers within five days.

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