A West Demerara Hindu Priest is under investigation for alleged sexual offenses against a child and the 13-year-old girl who filed a complaint against him, has taken her own life.
The Pandit, who is a candidate for the People’s Progressive Party at the upcoming elections was arrested and questioned about the allegations. He has since been released on $150,000 bail as the probe continues.
News Source understands that he is being represented by Attorney Priya Manickchand who has been looking into his welfare with the Police.
The young girl reportedly complained to her parents about inappropriate sexual advances and touching being made by the Hindu Priest on several occasions over the past months when he visited the family’s home.
The parents reported the matter to the Police on the 17th February, triggering the investigation. The pandit was arrested three days later and denied the allegations. Station bail was granted as the Police completed their file to forward it to the DPP.
A 13-year-old girl was found dead in her bedroom Saturday morning by her father, almost a week after she filed a Police report of being sexually molested by a religious leader in her East Bank Essequibo community.
Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon McBean told the News Room that the religious leader, who is in his mid-40s, was arrested on February 20 and subsequently released on $150,000 station bail pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Commander said the incidents occurred between October 2019 and January 2020.
The Senior Cop said the Police are now investigating whether there is a link to the girl’s suicide and the sexual assault case.
Detectives are now preparing a file for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice as to whether the alleged perpetrator should be charged.
A report was made to the Police on February 17.