‘Goa priest molested us inside temple premises’

July 19, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 05:00 am IST - Panaji

A priest at Shree Mangueshi temple in south Goa has been accused of allegedly molesting two women, both of Goan origin, in separate incidents, while they were on a visit to the temple along with their parents, last month.

In the first case, a medical student of Goan origin, currently studying in the U.S., has complained to the management committee that the incident happened while she was on a visit to the temple on June 22 along with her parents.

CCTV footage

In the second complaint, another girl of Goan origin, has said that she was molested inside the temple by the priest (named same accused) on June 14 this year, “who is our Purohit for generations, before him his Dad was our Purohit.”

She has demanded that the management committee probe the incident based on evidence of CCTV camera footage.

Secretary of Managing committee Anil Kenkre told The Hindu that they had received the complaints and he had replied to them.

The Mangesh Temple Management Committee, in a letter to the U.S.-based victim on July 11, has expressed its inability to deal with the complaint as it could not “lay its hand on any dependable evidence to establish a prima facie case” against the priest.

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