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Last Updated Saturday February 16 2019 08:03 AM IST

Fr Robin fathered baby of minor girl, DNA test confirms

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Fr Robin When Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry was presented before a court. Photo: ANI via Twitter

Kannur: The result of a DNA test has confirmed that arrested Catholic priest Fr Robin Vadakkumchery is the father of a baby delivered of by a minor girl at Kottiyoor.

The DNA test was conducted at the forensic lab in Thiruvananthapuram to verify the allegations of rape against the priest who was arrested in February.

The DNA samples of the girl, the infant, and Vadakkumchery were tested. A case had been registered at the Kelakam police station against Vadkkumchery under POCSO and IPC Section 376.

A court in Thalassery is yet to deliver its verdict on a bail plea moved by Vadakkumchery.

The incident came to light after the girl, a resident of Neendunokki, near Kottiyoor, delivered of a baby boy at a private hospital in Koothuparamba on February 7.

Earlier, the victim had given a statement that her father had committed the crime. But on further interrogation, the truth was revealed and the accused was identified as the priest.

Vadakkumchery is also the manager of the school where the minor girl studied. As per the statement, the incident took place in May, 2016. The hospital authorities and some nuns had also been booked in the case on charges of trying to cover up the incident.

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