A Catholic Priest from Kerala has been sentenced to a rare double life imprisonment under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for the rape of a minor girlThe court has also slapped a fine of Rs 2.5 lakhs on Fr Edwin Figarez, and specified that the jail sentence shall run concurrently. His brother was sentenced to one year imprisonment on charges of helping the priest go into hiding after the police registered the case in April this year.
According to the prosecution Figarez had raped the minor victim many times while serving as the priest in a lo
cal church, until she disclosed the sexual assault to her mother in January 2015.
Figarez who went into hiding after the family launched a police complaint but surrendered before the officials earlier this year.
The accused, who was once a popular preacher and devotional singer was suspended by the Kottapuram diocese.
Kerala Catholic Priest Gets Double Life Sentence For Rape Of Minor Girl BOBINS ABRAHAM DECEMBER 08, 2016