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Mangueshi temple priest booked on molestation charge; suspended

UNPRIESTLY ACT Mumbai woman, currently studying in US, alleged that the priest had molested her when she visited the temple on June 14 Had earlier approached the temple committee and complained about the alleged incident Similar incident alleged to have taken place and second victim also filed a complaint with the temple committee

21st July 2018, 03:10 Hrs

the goan I network

PONDA

Ponda police has booked a priest attached to the Mangueshi temple on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman in the temple premises. The temple’s managing committee has suspended the priest in this connection.   

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Ponda) Mahesh Gaonkar said an FIR under section 354 (molestation) of IPC was registered against the priest after the woman filed a complaint through e-mail.   

The woman, who lives in Mumbai and is currently studying in the US, had alleged that the priest had molested her when she was visiting the temple on June 14.   

She had earlier approached the temple committee and complained about the alleged incident.   

A similar incident is alleged to have taken place and the second victim also filed a complaint with the temple committee.   

The Mangueshi Devasthan Committee held an emergency meeting on July 4 and decided to give a hearing to the priest and conduct a preliminary enquiry.   

Acting on the complaint,