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Goa Minister demands probe into allegations of molestation against Mangueshi Temple priest

Goa Minister Govind Gaude demanded probe into two complaints of alleged molestation filed with the Shree Mangueshi temple committee, accusing a priest of inappropriate behavior.

“I want an enquiry about that,” the Art and Culture Minister told reporters outside the Goa Assembly complex, adding that he was also conducting enquiries about the incident on his own.

“I have not asked temple (authorities). But I have information from reliable sources because it is my constituency. I just want to know what temple people are saying and what residents of the area are saying,” Gaude said.

Two young women, including a student of medicine studying in the US, have accused a temple priest of the popular Mangueshi temple of alleged molestation. Both complaints were submitted to the temple committee in June.

“He (priest) came to the locker area (outside the sanctum) and on the pretext of asking me to take ”pradakshina”, he beckoned me to come near and put his arm around my shoulders. He then proceeded to tightly hug me and attempted to kiss me,” one of the complainants said in her letter to the temple committee.

The Committee in its response earlier in July, through Secretary Anil Kenkre, said that during its probe, it “could not lay hand on any dependable evidence to establish a prima facie case,” urging the complainant to take up her grievance with an “appropriate authority”.

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