Priest gets double life term for rape

A Catholic priest accused of raping a minor girl got double life term. The priest also have to pay a hefty fine of 2.5 land besides the jail term.

Father Edwin Figarez aged 41, is the culprit and belongs to kottappuram Catholic diocese. His brother Silvester figarez got one year sentence for helping the culprit to hide after registering the case.

According to the reports, the father sexually abused the girl many times from the January to March this year. The minor girl is from the same community and the incident took place in church premises. Father was Popular for his compositions and devotional songs. He lured the interest of minor girl in music. The abuse took place on the pretext of music classes. The exploitation came out when the little girl opened her mouth to her mother. Later the family complained about the incident in the nearest police station.

Edwin went missing with the help of his brother soon after the complaint was filed against him. Further investigation showed that the culprit is in UAE. He moved a bail application in court from there. But later got caught in may when he came to Kerala.

It is the first time in Kerala, a priest have been charged under POSCO.

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