Indian police hunt nuns accused of aiding rapist priest
The Sun Daily, March 5, 2017
NEW DELHI: Five nuns and a doctor are on the run in India after being accused of concealing the birth of a baby to a teenager who alleges that a priest raped her, police said Sunday.
Arrest warrants have been issued for the six and for two hospital staff. They are accused of concealing the 16-year-old's delivery from authorities and hiding the baby in a Catholic orphanage at Kunnur in the southern state of Kerala.
"They deliberately hid the incident from officials," Prajish Thottathil, a senior police officer, told AFP, adding some of the accused likely also knew about the alleged assault.
Three of the accused work at a private hospital while the rest were associated with the orphanage where the baby was left.
The accused priest Robin Vadakkumchery was arrested last week after . . .
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