Catholic priest slaps minor girl

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 14:28

Thrissur: A nine-year-old girl who
failed to take confession in a Church here was allegedly
slapped by the angry Vicar, prompting the child`s father to
file a police complaint.



The police said as per the complaint, Father Paul
Pulikottil, the Vicar of the nearby Vadookara Little Flower
Parish Church, had allegedly slapped the girl on July 9 in the
church hall in the presence of several others.

The girl`s father, Biju, who is the president of the
Kerala Catholic Youth Movement of the parish unit, said the
Vicar had ordered that all children who had received their
first Holy Communion, should confess once every three months.



After mass on July 9, the Vicar asked the children if they
had followed his orders.



When the girl stood up and admitted that she had not, the
angry priest slapped her hard on the cheek, he said.

The girl`s face became swollen and one of her teeth
loosened up. She was admitted to a district hospital the next
day and later discharged, Biju said.



Police have registered a case against the priest for
assaulting a minor girl under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000.



The investigation was progressing and a report would be
submitted to the court shortly, police said.



Biju said pressure was being exerted on him by certain
influential people to make a compromise in this regard as the
priest was likely to leave for the US in two months.



He said he had met the Archbishop of Thrissur in this
regard.



The Vicar was not available for his comments.



PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 14:28

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