Kottayam, June 26: In a shocking incident, five Kerala priests of the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Orthodox Church have been suspended over allegations of sexually exploiting and blackmailing a woman from the same church.
Secretary of the Church Biju Oommen told IANS that as soon as they received complaint from the husband of the victim, they took immediate action.
“The Church has acted in the utmost responsible manner … Today as things stand, the five are suspects.
On the related note, a commission has been constituted to probe the episode.
“The probe is on and when the report comes, the Church will again act on it,” stated Oommen.
According to the Victim’s husband, one of the priest who first exploited his wife was blackmailing her. When she sought help on this from another priest, he too, threatened her and shared her contact with another fellow priest and in the end she came under the duress from at least five priests.
The Orthodox Church was shocked as the episode was criticized heavily on the social media which dented its image.
Oommen. further said, “We are certainly worried about the huge publicity that the incident has generated and we suspect that there are vested interests who are out to malign our Church in the social media”.
So far, the victim has not filed a police complaint.