After arrest, Church pastor accepts sexual abuse and forced religious conversion allegations of a minor girl

    03-Sep-2020
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In Gujarat, a pastor of Khlesia Church in the Rabari Colony area, Ahmedabad, sexually abused a minor girl, made her nude videos, and threatened her to convert her religion to Christianity.
 
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According to the report, Pastor Gulabchand had allegedly brainwashed a 16-year-old girl for her religious conversion. He had asked her to come to Church alone and also convinced her to strip off her clothes while speaking to her on video calls via Whatsapp. He had forced her never to tell anyone in her family and also to convert her religion to Christianity and bring her parents to the Church as well for their conversion.
 
A neighbor had introduced victim with the pastor on December 25, 2019. Since then, Pastor Gulabchand exploiting her. When the pastor sent a video of the minor girl to her distant uncle; after which the victim told everything to her parents, and they had registered a complaint in Amraiwadi Police Station of Ahmedabad.
 
After the interrogation, the police said that the pastor confessed to having done this and the police also found out that there were several pictures of the pastor kissing the minor girl and had sent several abusive messages.
 
Several sexual abuse cases in connection with the church priests have been reported across India. Following are some of them listed-
 
2019
 
The Archdiocese of Tellicherry in Kerala has suspended two priests after social media and online papers published audio clips of their debauchery.
 
A Kerala priest from Idukki district was found in a compromising position with a lady. This incident happened at a Catholic Church at Vellayamkudi of Kattappana. The pornographic visuals went viral on social media after the vicar Fr James Mangalassery gave his mobile phone for repair.
 
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 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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