Father Edwin Figarez allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl.
By Sreekanth A Nair
Police have arrested a fugitive Catholic priest for allegedly raping a minor girl, on Tuesday.
Father Edwin Figarez, 41, from Poomangalam, Thrissur district in Kerala, had been absconding for the last six months after the police registered a case against him.
He allegedly raped a 14-year-old Catholic girl for three months in his room near the church from January to March when he was serving at Puthenvelikkara Kurisingal Church.
The shocking incident came to light when school teachers noticed some changes in her behaviour at school. After school officials told her parents about her behavioral changes, and upon them questioning, she revealed that the priest had sexually abused her.
Her parents filed a complaint with the Aluva police immediately. Later medical examinations confirmed that the girl was sexually abused.