BEGNALURU—The police here have arrested a 63-year-old temple priest on charges of raping an 11-year-old girl on Tuesday evening.
The priest has been arrested, the police said.
According to C K Baba, Deputy Police Commissioner(northeast), the girl was playing outside the temple in the evening when the priest lured her to give her sweets. He took the minor to his daughter’s house adjacent to the temple and sexually assaulted her.
The accused has been identified as Venkatramanappa, a resident of Chikkaballapura. He was looking after the temple in the absence of his son-in-law.
The mother of the girl was disturbed when the girl did not return. She enquired from the local people and a florist outside the temple said that he had seen her going to the priest’s house.
The mother found the girl crying outside the priest’s house. After the girl narrated the whole incident, the parents complained to the police.
CK baba told mediapersons that based on CCTV camera footage, medica report of the girl and statements of the flower vendor, the priest was arrested on Wednesday and a case under provisions of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and under Section 376 IPC was registered against him.
Twitteratti on Thursday demand justice for the victim. Many twitter users demanded that the accused be given punishment of death to ensure that such crimes are not repeated.