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Priest sentenced to Three years for sodomy

Dumka (Jharkhand),  A priest associated with Dumka Dudhani Catholic Mission was today sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by a local court here in connection with a 1997 sodomy case.

Chief Judicial Magistrate B N Pandey gave Christo Das, who was the superintendent of Ghuiajori Mission school, a month's time to appeal before a higher court. Das has since been on bail obtained from Patna High Court.

The judge also slapped a fine of Rs 1000 on Das. In case he failed to furnish the amount, he would have to undergo another six months of simple imprisonment.  As many as nineteen witnesses deposed during the trial.

Das had been the superintendent of the Mission school when a ninth standard student charged him with sodomy. Agitated students stripped Das and paraded him on the streets of Dumka before the police took him into custody.

The incidents as condemned by various Christian missionaries. They claimed that Das was a strict disciplinarian and that some students
  took revenge after being thrown out of the hostel for indiscipline.

Source: Team India


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