NCW takes cognizance of sexual exploitation by Kerala priests

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New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident in Kerala where five priests have been suspended over allegations of sexually exploiting a married woman.

“NCW has written to the DGP and State Police Chief of Kerala directing him to investigate the matter and apprise the Commission about the detailed action,” it said in a statement.

According to the Commission, there have been reports saying that the woman’s husband was heard, in a video, saying that he has been facing pressure from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church authorities to withdraw the complaint.

The incident which happened in Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Orthodox Church was reported after the victim’s husband complaint about it to the secretary of the Church Biju Oommen.

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According to Oommen, the five priests have been suspended and probe has been ordered.

–IANS

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