Kerala Police have booked Father Thomas Thannikum Thadathil, the chief priest at a local church in Kottayam district for allegedly raping a 42-year-old Bangladeshi-origin British woman.
The priest who has been absconding since he was booked by the police under IPC section 376 (rape) surrendered before the cops on Friday.
According to the complaint, he befriended the woman, who is a divorcee, on Facebook and invited her to visit Kerala. She came to Kerala with on December 31 as his guest and stayed there for a week when she was sexually abused by the priest multiple times.
The woman who went returned to London on January 12 came back on February 8 to Kerala and registered the complaint against him.
In her complaint, the woman also accused the priest of stealing her diamond ring, mobile phone, gold ornaments and a few other things.
Following the revelation of the rape charges against Fr Thomas, the Pala diocese under which he served has taken away priestly responsibilities from him and said they will cooperate with the probe.