Kerala Police registers case against Church priest for vandalizing tomb of complainant's wife

    16-Jul-2020
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In Angamaly, the city of Kochi in Kerala, police registered a case against the former priest of Bharatha Rani Church, Vathakkad, Angamaly, and seven others for vandalising a tomb where the wife of a person, who lodged a complaint against the former for forcibly collecting the dues of the parish members pending with the Church, had been buried.
 
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According to the media report, a case was registered against Fr Joshy Chirakkal, the then vicar of the church, as the first accused, and six others for collecting the dues forcibly. Nursing a grudge towards the complainant, Payyappilly Emmanuel, the accused attacked the grave of his wife and intentionally portrayed Bejoy Thottappally, a youth as the culprit. The seven other accused took Bejoy to the room of the priest, and brutally assaulted him. The assailants seized the mobile phone of Bejoy.
 
Later, Bejoy approached the Angamaly Judicial First Class Magistrate Court seeking an inquiry against the priest and others. The court ordered the police to register a case and initiate a probe. The incident happened on March 1. Pappachan Vathakkad, the trustee of the church, Sebastian, Benny Antony, vice-chairman of the Parish Council, Nelvin Varghese, Bevarin John, Jerin Jose and Vinu Joseph, all natives of Thuravoor, are the other accused.
 
Several cases have been registered in Kerala against the Church officials. Following are some cases reported so far-
2018
 Rape case against Jalandhar Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal based on a nun's complaint.
 
 Rape case against four priests of Orthodox Syrian Church for sexually exploiting a married woman.
 
 Orthodox Syrian Church suspended Fr O M Samuel following a complaint from a youth that the priest had an illicit affair with his wife.
 
 Fr Binu George of Orthodox Church booked for raping a woman, who had approached him to settle a dispute with her in-laws in 2014.
 
 Catholic priest Thanninikkumthadathil Thomas of Pala Diocese arrested for raping a foreigner.
 
 Cardinal George Alencherry accused of causing a financial loss through a controversial land deal.
2017
 Fr Robin Vadakkumchery of Mananthavady Diocese arrested for raping a minor girl.
 
 Fr Thomas Parackal of Congregation Society of St Eugene De Mazenod arrested for sexually abusing three minor boys.
2016
 Catholic priest James Thekkemuriyil, rector of Daiva Matha Seminary in Kannur, arrested for sexually abusing a minor.
 
 Priest Edwin Figarez of Kottappuram Diocese sentenced to two life terms for repeatedly raping a minor.
2014
 Fr Raju Kokken of Thrissur Catholic Diocese arrested for sexually abusing a minor.
2009
 
 Catholic nun Sister Jesme released her autobiography, Amen, which talked about sexual exploitation and torture behind Church walls as well as malpractices within it.
 
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