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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Religious priest arrested for raping aid seeker

When she met him, he lured her with

the promise of financial aid and raped

her


A priest associated with the

Swaminarayan sect here in Gujarat was

arrested Wednesday for allegedly raping

a 20-year-old woman on two occasions

under the pretext of offering money for

her mother’s surgery, the police said.

The accused Nikunj alias Karan

Swarupdas Babubhai Savani (24) had

allegedly raped the woman, a local

resident, around a fortnight ago in a

room adjacent to the Swaminarayan

temple at Dabholi under Katargam police

station and again on October 23, a police

official said.

“Nikunj alias Karan Swarupdas Babubhai

Savani has been arrested for allegedly

raping a 20-year-old woman twice and

threatening her against disclosing the

incident,” said Katargam police station

inspector M I Pathan.


He said the woman had approached

Savani after learning from someone that

he will help her with money for surgery

of her ailing mother.

“When she met him, he lured her with

the promise of financial aid and raped

her,” said Pathan.

He said the accused did not give her the

promised money.

“The woman went to meet Savani again

Tuesday (October 23) for money when he

raped her again,” said the police

inspector.

The woman narrated the incident to her

parents who approached the police and

lodged an FIR against the priest, said

Pathan.

The victim has been sent for medical

examination while the forensic

examination of the spot of the alleged

incident is underway, he added.

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