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Kolkata: The priest of a temple in south Kolkata has been arrested on charges of repeated rape of a mentally unsound young woman and making her pregnant.

Police have arrested the priest named Upendra Pathak (50) on the basis of an FIR by the woman’s family. People of the area, where the temple is located, vandalised the priest’s house and also assaulted him before police arrested him away.

The incident has taken place at Ajanta ODRC Police Quarters area in Behala. The temple is located outside the rear boundary wall of the temple and there is a slum located nearby.

The victim woman is resident of the slum. She was married off by her parents by her husband dropped her back once he discovered that she was mentally unsound. Since then, she has been living at her parental house.

In her 30’s, she used to bathe daily in a pond that is visible from the temple. Priest Pathak spotted her there and somehow lured her to a desolate corner behind the temple.

According to the woman’s younger sister, Pathak has been raping the mentally unsound woman for the past several months. She got suspicious on noticing changes in the physical features of her elder sister and started keeping an eye on her.

This yielded a result today when the younger sister overheard the priest threatening behind the temple. Taking a cue from this she began quizzing her elder sister and found out what she was being subjected to by Pathak.

“He has been raping my sister months after months by threatening her. My sister is now two months pregnant,” the younger sister said. As soon as she raised an alarm, people from the neighbourhood vandalised Pathak’s house and also started beating him.

On getting a wind of this, a team from Parnasree police station rushed in and rescued the priest from the mob. It was then that the younger sister of the victim lodged an FIR against the priest and police arrested him.

The victim woman has been sent for clinical tests to ascertain the allegations of rape and pregnancy.

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