Friday, December 18, 2015

52-year-old Church priest booked for allegedly sodomising minor boy in Mumbai

According to the police, the incident took place on November 27 and an FIR in this regard was lodged by the parents of the 13-year-old victim on Monday.

A 52-year-old priest, attached to a local Church in Mumbai, has allegedly sodomised a minor boy, the police said on Tuesday.

According to the police, the incident took place on November 27 and an FIR in this regard was lodged by the parents of the 13-year-old victim on Monday.

The accused has been identified as Father Johnson Lawrence and is absconding from the last night, said DCP (Detection), Dhananjay Kulkarni.

The Church is situated in Shivaji Nagar area of Govandi, the police said.

“We have booked the Father under relevant sections of IPC and our hunt for him is on,” Balasaheb Jadhav, Shivaji Nagar police station inspector, said.

The boy was interrogated and sent for medical test, the officer said adding that further investigations are on.

A 52-year-old priest has been booked for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor boy on the premises of Christ the King church in Shivaji Nagar.

The accused has been identified as Fr Johnson Lawrence, who holds the post of a priest-in-charge at the church. On November 27, the 13-year-old victim accompanied by his parents attended the church proceedings in the evening.

After the mass ended, the boy, who was talking with his friends, stayed back on the church premises and did not leave along with his parents.

The police said after friends left the premises, the boy decided to sit on pews in the church for some time before leaving for his house, which located in the same area.

Father Lawrence allegedly saw the boy that was sitting by himself approached him under the pretext of seeking help for moving some items to the storeroom. The minor, in his police complaint, has alleged that Fr Lawrence took him to another room and tried to sexually assault him. When the victim resisted, Fr Lawrence allegedly threatened him and said he would harm his parents if he cried out or shouted for help.

The boy, after reaching home, complained of pain in his private parts and started crying. When his mother enquired, the boy revealed the incident to her. The angry parents then approached the Shivaji Nagar police station and filed a complaint against the priest.

Senior police inspector Bhausaheb Jadhav confirmed the incident and said investigations were still on. “We are yet to arrest the accused. He has been booked under various Sections of the POCSO Act and Section 376 (Punishment for rape) and 377 (Unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code,” he said.

प्रार्थनेला आलेल्या मुलावर फादरनेच अनैसर्ग‌िक अत्याचार केल्याची धक्कादायक घटना सोमवारी उघडकीस आली. सोमवारी याची तक्रार पोल‌ीस ठाण्यात दाखल झाल्यापासून हा फादर फरार असून, पोलिस त्याचा शोध घेत आहेत.

शिवाजी नगर परिसरातील एका चर्चमध्ये जॉन्सन लॉरेन्स (५२) फादर म्हणून कार्यरत आहे. शुक्रवारी रात्री साडेआठ वाजण्याच्या सुमारास १३ वर्षांचा मुलगा प्रार्थनेसाठी आला होता. प्रार्थनेनंतर मुलाला फादरने बोलावले. त्याला चर्चमध्येच आडोशाला नेऊन त्याच्यावर अत्याचार केले. भेदरलेल्या मुलाने याविषयी कोणालाही सांगितले नाही. परंतु, त्रास होऊ लागल्याने पीडित मुलाने आपल्या आईला सोमवारी सायंकाळी सांगितले. त्यानंतर शिवाजी नगर पोलिस स्टेशनमध्ये गुन्हा दाखल करण्यात आला. फादरवर गुन्हा दाखल करण्यात आला असून, त्याचा शोध सुरू असल्याचे सीनिअर इन्स्पेक्टर बाळासाहेब जाधव यांनी सांगितले.

लहान मुला-मुलींवर टेलरकडून अत्याचार

व्यवसायाने टेलर असलेल्या मोहम्मद साज‌िद अन्सारी (२०) याने परिसरातील अल्पवयीन भाऊ-बहिणीवर लैंगिक अत्याचार केल्याची घटना धारावीत उघडकीस आली आहे. शाहू नगर पोलिसांनी या नराधमाला अटक केली आहे. मुंबईत आलेला अन्सारी हा धारावी परिसरात राहात होता. सोमवारी सहा वर्षांची मुलगी आण‌ि तीन वर्षांचा तिचा भाऊ त्याच्या घराच्या आसपास खेळत असताना अन्सारीने या दोन्ही मुलांना नेऊन त्यांच्यावर लैंगिक अत्याचार केले. मुलांनी याविषयी कुटुंबीयांना सांगितले असता, त्यांनी शाहू नगर पोलिस ठाण्यात धाव घेतली. 

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