Court asks absconding church workers in Kerala to surrender
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A priest, two nuns and a lay woman are accused of covering up for a Catholic priest arrested for raping a minor girl
The church-run hospital in Kerala, where a 17-year-old girl delivered a baby boy in February. (Screengrab from christurajhospital.com)
The southern Indian High Court of Kerala has ordered those accused of attempting to cover up for a Catholic priest arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl to surrender to the police.
A priest, two nuns and a lay woman, all working in Manathavady Diocese in Kerala are absconding. The four had applied for "anticipatory bail" but the court ruled that they should first surrender to police and then seek bail in a lower court.
Police on Feb. 28 arrested 48-year-old Manathavady Father Robin Vadakkancherry for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl from his parish. In India, girls under the age of 18 years are considered minors and consensual sex with a minor is viewed as rape.
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