A priest in Baghpat district was arrested and booked for rape on Thursday for allegedly eloping with a 17-year-old Dalit girl.
A court for trying cases on atrocities on scheduled castes and tribes has remanded the priest in judicial custody. The date for the next hearing has not been fixed. Station house officer CP Kathoria said charges of rape were lodged against the priest.
The girl has been sent to her family for a medical check-up.
About eight months ago, a woman contacted the priest to correct some “defect” (mangali dosh) in the horoscope of the girl, who is her brother’s daughter. The priest assured the family he’d perform a religious remedy for the girl.
On the pretext of ‘puja’, the priest started enticing the girl and about seven months ago, he eloped with her. The girl’s father then registered an FIR against the priest. Subsequently the police were able to trace the priest and the girl in Gurgaon.