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Pentecostal pastor arrested for raping minor girl

He was arrested from a rented house in Ranni and will be presented in the court of Kanjirapally Judicial Magistrate.

 
Kochi: 

Kerala police arrested a Pentecostal pastor on Wednesday accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Kerala two months ago.

The 40-year old Pastor Sajan Mathai, from Ranni in Pathanamthitta was arrested on the girl's complaint

Kerala Police said the pastor raped the girl during annual celebration of Israel Pentecost Church in Punchavayal on February 23.

The rape came to light after the victim, a native of Mundkayam in Kottayam was found to be pregnant.

The girl told police that the pastor acquainted with her during the ceremony and raped her at a secluded church hall. She did not tell anyone about the rape since the pastor had threatened her.

She was admitted in Kottayam Medical College on April 24 with stomach pains and doctors found her pregnant and informed parents. The parents lodged complaint with police.

Police said Mathai was once in a live-in relationship but the woman later left him. He had married twice and has a 12-year-old daughter.

According to police the pastor seemed to be a repeated offender and had earlier allegedly misbehaved with a woman and her daughter.

He was arrested from a rented house in Ranni and will be presented in the court of Kanjirapally Judicial Magistrate.

Source: India Today

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