Priest raped girl in Puri Jagannath temple complex, arrested


Puri: A priest was arrested on Saturday for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl in the Sri Jagannath temple complex in Odisha’s Puri town.

The incident took place when the girl, a resident of Hyderabad, was worshiping in a small temple in the premises of the 12th century temple.

She was alone in the Bamna temple while her parents were in the main temple.

There are 136 small temples in the premises of Shri Jagannath Temple.

According to the FIR lodged by her parents at Singhdwar police station, she ran out of the Bamna temple crying and told her mother about the incident.

Based on the complaint, Pujari was detained on Friday and arrested during the day.

The police have also informed the Chief Welfare Committee about the incident.

Superintendent of Police KV Singh said the statement of the girl has been recorded before a magistrate and legal action is being taken against the accused.

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