February 05, 2004

Hindu Monk Gets 10-yr for Sodomy

BANGALORE -- Karnataka High Court today sentenced a Hindu monk to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25 lakh after holding him guilty of sodomy. In default of payment of fine, the court sentenced Gowrishankara Swami, the previous junior pontiff of Sri Siddaganga Mutt at Kyatasandra in Tumkur district, to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a further period of one year. It was also alleged that on August 29, 1986, the 13-year-old student staying in the mutt for education and lodging became the victim of the offence. The trial court had acquitted the accused on November 24, 1998. Posted by Editor at February 5, 2004 08:31 AM

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