Goa Police on Friday said that it has started investigation into the allegations of molestation against priest of Mangueshi Temple in South Goa following filing of an FIR at Ponda Police Station.
Speaking to reporters, Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas,”We are investigating the case. A First Information Report has been filed at the Ponda police station by the victim under section 354 (outraging modesty) of Indian Penal Code.”
Two victims, one student of medicine studying in the US, have accused the priest, Dhananjay Bhave, of allegedly molesting them.
“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 victims had said in her complaint to the police.
On Thursday, State Arts and Culture Minister Govind Gaude and Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral had demanded probe into the allegations against the priest.