Badrinath temple head priest arrested for molesting a pregnant woman in a hotel

Head priest of Badrinath temple, Keshavan Namboothiri has been arrested on charges of molestation and wrongful confinement of a pregnant woman on Tuesday. He reportedly molested a 30-year-old pregnant woman inside a hotel room in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area. The woman, who belongs to Uttarakhand, alleged that the priest called her up on Monday and told her he was unwell and wanted to meet her. The woman alleged that on reaching the hotel room, she found cigarette stubs and could smell alcohol. The 36-year-old priest pulled her towards him and touched her inappropriately. She claimed she pushed him and ran out of the room but he ran behind to stop her. Her statement was recorded and an FIR registered under sections 342 (wrongful confinement) and 354 (assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC. Namboodiri's cousin who was present with him at the hotel has also been arrested for abetting the offence. The Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee has suspended Namboothiri following the reports of his arrest. “He can be reinstated in case he can prove himself innocent before the police,” Chairman of the committee, Ganesh Godiyal, said in Dehradun.

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