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Kalyani: A Vaishnava monk has been arrested in Nadia district on charges of sexually exploiting a teenage girl.

This has happened at Nabadwip, the spiritual seat of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. The arrested monk has been identified as Dinakrishna Das, the head of Gour Netia Ashram at Nabadwip.

Police sources said that the victim girl, who studies in class VIII, used to visit the Ashram to perform prayer songs. Taking advantage of this, the monk allegedly had a physical relationship with her.

The girl kept this secret to her family until she was taken ill late last week. On learning about the episode, her family lodged an FIR at Nabadwip police station on Monday (7 January).

Police registered the FIR under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 and, arrested the monk on Monday night itself. He was produced in a court at district headquarters Krishnanagar on Tuesday.