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Priest rapes to 'cleanse' minor

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 20:10 IST

A self-styled Hindu priest has been accused of sexually assaulting two minor sisters around four years ago in a “cleansing ritual”. He even had sex with one of the girls saying he had to do the act in order to “complete the ritual”.

Ramlal Ramadhar (59) was charged of sexual assaults, which reportedly occurred in 2002 and 2003, but came to light only recently after one of the girls, who is now 19, confided to a college counsellor.

“Under the guise of being their religious leader, Ramadhar allegedly took advantage of the youngsters and their trust in him by robbing them of their innocence. Fortunately, one of the sisters found the courage to come forward,” the New York Daily News quoted Queens District Attorney Richard Brown as saying.

Ramadhar, who was a police officer in his native Trinidad, allegedly promised to help the then 16-year-old get rid of "evil spirits." He lured her to an apartment in December 2002 and asked that she take her clothes off and lie atop a white sheet with her arms outstretched. Then he began to chant, put coins on her and rubbed oil from head to toe before sexually assaulting her, according to a criminal complaint.

In February 2003, Ramadhar again lured her to an Econo Lodge on Rockaway Blvd. where he repeated the ritual and the assault, the complaint says. "Now I have to do this to complete the ritual and I am sorry but I have to do this," he allegedly said before raping her.