Kerala: Priest, two nuns surrender for allegedly covering up minor’s rape

Kannur: Three individuals, together with the previous chairman of Wayanad Baby Welfare Committee (CWC), charged with protecting up the rape of a minor lady allegedly by a catholic priest in Kottiyoor, surrendered earlier than police on Friday.

CWC Chairman, Fr Thomas Joseph Therakam and one of many committee members, Betty Jose and Superintendent of the orphanage in Wayanad Sister Ophelia, surrendered earlier than the Peravoor CI, Sunil Kumar, who’s the Investigating Officer within the case, police stated.

"They surrendered at 6.30 AM… they will be produced before the court in the afternoon after questioning and medical examination," Sunil Kumar stated.

The Kerala Excessive Court docket had on March 14 directed the 4 accused, the three and one Thangamma-a midwife who had moved for bail, to give up earlier than the investigating officers inside 5 days.

Fr. Robin alias Mathew Vadakkencheril, who was the vicar of the native church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused within the case was arrested on February 28 on costs of sexually exploiting and impregnating the 16-year-old lady.

The sufferer gave start to the kid on February 7 at a non-public hospital in Kuthuparamba on this district. The kid was taken to an orphanage at Vythiri in Wayanad district.

The officers of the orphanage had alleged that the CWC didn’t take any motion despite the fact that they’d knowledgeable it in regards to the new child on February eight, a day after the toddler was admitted there.

Eight individuals had been booked for his or her alleged function within the sexual exploitation and subsequent supply of the infant by the lady, police stated.