Thiruvananathapuram: The Kerala police have named eight people including five nuns, as accused in the rape case of a minor girl by a priest. Sisters Tessy Jose, Ancy Mathew, Aneesa, Ophilia, Lissy Maria are the five nuns accused in the case. Thankamma Neliyani and Dr. Hyderali have also been accused.
They were charged with non-bailable offenses under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for trying to cover up the rape of the 16-year-old girl.
The victim's mother had lodged a complaint with the Childline that Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry raped her daughter in May, 2016. The Plus One student gave birth to a child a few weeks ago. The probe team has also filed a case against the management of Christuraj Hospital, Koothuparamba, where the girl delivered the baby. The three women, who reportedly helped in the delivery, have been named accused in the case.
The police are likely to arrest the hospital officials. The officials are supposed to report such cases to police and Childline authorities within 24 hours.
The police said there were attempts to cover up the incident and wrongly implicate the girl's father in the case.
The priest, who is also the manager of the school where the victim studied, had confessed to the crime.
Fr Vadakkumcherry, who was serving as vicar at the Kottiyoor church in Kannur, was taken into custody late Monday when he was on his way to Nedumbassery from Angamaly in a bid to flee the country.