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Priest in abuse case hospitalized

Allegations prompt revenge attack

Leo Fernando, Chennai

Leo Fernando, Chennai

Updated: October 24, 2012 11:23 AM GMT
Priest in abuse case hospitalized

Police in Tamil Nadu are investigating a case in which a Claretian parish priest allegedly sexually abused a 12-year-old Sri Lankan refugee girl, prompting a revenge attack. Father Amaladoss, 49, a priest in St. Anthony's parish, Indalaparai, is recovering in a hospital in Madurai after he was beaten by a group of Sri Lankan refugees on Friday. They accuse Fr Amaladoss of abusing one of his fifth-grade students at a primary school where he teaches in Adiyanoorthu refugee camp, a temporary home for thousands of Tamils who fled Sri Lanka’s civil war. The girl’s family has filed a complaint with police. “We are in dialogue with both parties to resolve the issue,” said Father Arockiaswamy, Vicar-General of Dindigual diocese in which Sindalaipaarai parish is located. Fr. Amaladoss has sought anticipatory bail from local courts. Related reports Church issues new norms in abuse casesProbe into alleged sex abuse by priest

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