An Ernakulam court on Thursday sentenced a Catholic priest to a double life imprisonment for raping a minor. Father Edwin Figazer, former vicar of a parish in Puthenvellikara was also fined Rs 2.15 lakh.
Figazer was convicted of raping a minor on multiple occasions from January to March 2015. He is accused of enticing a minor, a class 9 student and member of the same parish, when she had come for confession.
The girl's mother had registered a case against Figazer following which he had gone absconding.
The court also held his brother, Silverster Figarez, another priest, guilty of helping him abscond. The court sentenced him to a year's imprisonment and fine of Rs 5,000.
The court also found a doctor guilty of not reporting the sexual assault.