Church Sex Scandal: Kerala HC dismisses anticipatory bail plea of 3 priests

Kerala HC

Kochi, July 11: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of three of the four Malankara Orthodox Church priests who have been accused of raping and molesting a woman parishioner.

As the bail plea was strongly opposed by the prosecution, the counsels of the three priests told the court that their clients were willing to surrender.

But the court pointed out that there was enough evidence against Father Sony Varghese, Father Job Mathew and Father Jaice K. George and declined them bail.

The Crime Branch was expected to nab the three, and also a fourth priest, who is on the run.

A woman who regularly visited the Malankara Orthodox Church had accused five priests of sexually abusing her for a decade.

The case pertains to the blackmail and sexual abuse of a woman by priests after she confessed to a priest about her relationship with another priest.

The priests of the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Orthodox Church were also suspended following the allegations.

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.


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