Rape case: Kerala priest surrenders before probe team

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

Father Job Mathew, the second accused in the case, surrendered before the Crime Branch office and is being questioned, police sources said.

One of the four Orthodox Church priests, who are accused in the case of rape of a 34-year-old homemaker, surrendered before the police on Thursday. The priest was transferred to another parish, but, the complaint said, he continued to send lewd messages to the woman and she eventually approached police. The crime branch has registered an FIR against the priests after recording the victim woman's statement.

"She was sexually abused as a minor". The husband alleged that one of the priests had sexually abused the woman before her marriage and made advances even after she got married.

The public prosecutor said the victim had, in her statement to a magistrate, narrated in detail the abuse to which she was subjected.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday rejected the anticipatory bail petitions of three priests of a church accused of raping a woman, observing they acted as "predators" and took "undue advantage" of her.

According to the woman's complaint to the police, the issue was taken up with the Church authorities and they chose to settle it between the two sides. "The reasonable possibility of accused to obstruct justice, can not be brushed aside". The Malankara Orthodox church has asked them to surrender after the court rejected their bail pleas. In their bail applications, the priests rejected the woman's allegations that they had sexually assaulted her.

However, instead of helping the woman, Father Mathew allegedly used her confession to sexually exploit her too.

They claimed the case was registered against them exclusively "under political pressure exerted by certain vested interests to derive political mileage".

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