Priest arrested for child abuse
Date: 7/16/2012 5:15:30 PM
KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) — A priest of the diocese of Krishnagar in Murshidabad district was arrested Monday 16th July for sexually assaulting a student in the eastern state of West Bengal.
The warden of the diocesan run Don Bosco School Monigram at Sagardighi in West Bengal, about 240 kilometres from state capital Kolkata, has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old student.
The accused, Fr James Soren had been missing since Thursday (12 July) when the Class V student complained to his parents.
The incident happened on Wednesday night (11 July) when Soren called the child and allegedly molested him. The child later told his father about the incident – a resident of Raghunathganj, some 275 kilometres from Kolkata – following which a police complaint was lodged.
“Father James Soren was arrested for sexual assault and charged under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which deals with molestation and carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Mrinal Majumdar.
The school though named Don Bosco, is not managed by the Don Bosco Fathers and Brothers who run three Don Bosco Schools in the district namely at Azimganj, Polsondamore and Berhampore.
Since last 20 years, Don Bosco Monigram school is under the management of the diocesan priests of Krishnagar diocese.