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St Joseph’s Church priest held for rape


Medical report has given a clean chit to the priest, claims Christian body. Father Jacob was arrested on Saturday and produced in court which sent him into judicial custody,

Bhopal : A woman has accused St Joseph’s Church, Idgah Hills, Father George Jacob of rape. In her complaint, the victim, who is married, claimed that the accused raped her when she had gone for a job. Father Jacob was arrested on Saturday and produced in court which sent him into judicial custody.

The police said that the FIR under Section 376 of the IPC was registered on Thursday. However, Christian Authority on Saturday claimed that medical report had given a clean chit to Father Jacob. The police maintained that medical report and other factors were matter of investigation and would be placed in court during hearing.

As per the complaint, the victim, a 30-year-old woman, had gone to meet the priest for a job. She claimed that the priest assured her of a job and then alleged raped her. She later lodged a plaint with the Shahjahanabad police station.

Shahjahanabad TI Upendra Chari said, “50-year-old Fr George Jacob of St Joseph’s Church, Idgah Hills, has been sent on judicial remand in rape case. A 12th pass complainant had visited her asking for a job. She then lodged a complaint with police against the priest. On the basis of complaint, he was arrested and sent to jail. Investigation is on.”

Investigation Officer (IO)  Ashok Kumar Upadhyaya said, ” Complainant used to work in Mumbai. After losing her job, she returned to Bhopal and came in contact with some Arohi and Ashu Khan who had links with Father Jacob.  Along with Arohi, the complainant met Father Jacob for a job. On Thursday, she came to police station along with friend Arohi and Ashu Khan to lodge a complaint against the priest. We have not received the medical report but came to know that medical report says that Fr Jacob is not capable of having sex.”


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