Girl registers abuse case against Catholic priest of Don Bosco Youth Center in Arunachal Pradesh

    14-Jul-2020
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A first information report (FIR) has been registered at the women police station here against Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) director Fr Cyriac Pulinthanathumalayil for allegedly abusing a 22-year-old girl who was undergoing a vocational course at the Centre, North East Now reported.
 
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The victim said she was undergoing a vocational course in English and personality development in DBYC and was staying at the Centre since March 26.
 
According to the report, in her FIR, the victim wrote, “On June 12 at around 8 pm, Father Cyriac called me to a small veranda near the dining hall and, in the name of teaching, overpowered me and touched my private parts. Since my mobile phone was taken over by them and the gate of our campus was closed, I could not inform my parents.”
 
“Again, on June 13 at around 10 am, when I was studying in the Tadar Taniang Hall, Father Cyriac came and picked up the particular book namely ‘Called to climb higher’ and told me that this book is written by one of the Catholic Father and you should study it. Thereafter, he has taken me to chapter 2 of that book that is basically about partner for life and mental and physical relationship between male and female. Further, he specifically took me to page-37 of that book wherein heading ‘sexual intercourse on the sex act’ is discussed and by making so he tried to sexually assault me by the mode of arousing me through the book. I reacted against him by sensing his ill motive,” the FIR read.
 
“On June 14, when I somehow gathered the courage to inform the matter to my parents, Father Cyriac snatched my mobile phone. In the evening my mother came to visit me, however, I was expecting my father so that I can tell misdeeds of Father Cyriac as I am more close to my father. Therefore, at around 6.15 pm, I took a small mobile from our cook through his son and called my father and informed him about the incident.”
 
“Thereafter, as my father did not arrive at the time I was expecting him, I ran out of the campus and informed the police at beat Post in Ganga area, and that police came to our campus with me. But it was found that Father Cyriac, locked himself from inside and he was only made to come out on the arrival of Magistrate,” the victim’s said in the FIR.
 
Fr Cyriac was arrested by the police on June 14 after a verbal complaint from the victim and was later released on bail on June 16. Itanagar women police station Inspector P Taku said a case under section 354 of the IPC has been registered against Fr Cyriac and the matter is under investigation.
 
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