44-year-old Raju Kokkan of the Thrissur Archdiocese was on the run since the last week of April after the minor’s family registered a police complaint claiming the priest had sexually assaulted the girl several times in April.

According to sources, the police have revealed that the girl was lured by the priest with the promise of free vestments for her holy communion. She was then sexually assaulted by the vicar thrice.  The priest allegedly also took nude photographs of the child on his mobile phone.

The police have slapped charges under Section-376 (1) of the Indian Penal Code, Section-66 (a) of the IT Act and Section-4 of the Protection of Infants from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, apart from other provisions in the IPC, all of which are non-bailable clauses.


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