Kerala: One Of The 4 Priests, Accused Of Rape, Surrenders

Kerala: One Of The  4 Priests, Accused Of Rape, Surrenders

Kerala: One Of The  4 Priests, Accused Of Rape, Surrenders

New Delhi: On Thursday, Kerala's One of the four priests  who was accused of rape and sexual assault by a 34-year-old woman has surrendered in Kollam. Father Job Mathew was the second among the four accused.
 
On wednesday, the Kerala High Court rejected the anticipatory bail petitions of the four rape-accused priests.

The rape cases were filed against three priests and one has been accused of molestation. The sources said that while one has surrendered, three others are on the run say sources.

Based on the complaint of the victim five priests Malankkara Syrian Orthodox Church priests have been accused of rape. The victim said that she was sexually abused by five priests. She had also said that even her confidential confessions were used to blackmail her, in her statement to police.

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The husband told NDTV, "She was sexually abused as a minor. Forced into an illicit relationship once the man became a priest and even got married. She was threatened even after her marriage and sexually abused. When she sought help from three other priests, who were counsellors and her friends, they too abused her. One of them, even blackmailed her based on her confession, required to be done as a ritual before our child's baptism."

Yesterday, the court said, "It appears that the applicants have acted as predators and have taken undue advantage of the position of the survivor. From the version of the survivor it appears that accused have systematically abused her and are closely known to her family. The reasonable possibility of accused to obstruct justice, cannot be brushed aside."

Father MO John, the trustee of Orthodox Church while speaking to NDTV said that the church is not hiding facts or shielding the priests. He said, "The priests have been suspended and they have no responsibilities in the church now. They approached the High Court in their individual capacities. We are not hiding them at all. It is for the police to find them."

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