It is shocking how a Catholic priest, who held high positions within the Church and used to coordinate with the media on several occasions, has now been caught by the police for raping a minor girl.
The latest development in this is as follows:
Kerala police have now brought eight people including 5 nuns under its scanner for their involvement in Father Robin Vadakkumchery’s case where he admitted to raping a sixteen-year-old girl, who had given birth to a baby few weeks ago. The involvement of five nuns – Sisters Tessy Jose, Ancy Mathew, Aneesa, Lissy Maria and Ophilia have been charged with non-bailable offenses under Protection on Children from Sexual Offences Act and their role in trying to protect the accused and cover up the crime of rape are to be probed further by Kerala police.
A case has also been filed against the management of Christuraj Hospital in Koothuparamba where the minor girl had given birth. According to local TV reports, hospital officials may be arrested as they are supposed to inform the police in cases like this within 24 hours and in this case, they did not do so.
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When the news had first broken out, local TV channels had stated that several priests had told them in secrecy that the priest enjoyed political clout within the clergy which is why he was able to continue holding top positions in Church despite similar allegations against him earlier.
Questions regarding the functioning of the Child Welfare Committees have been raised as it has reportedly not been effective in discharging its responsibilities in cases like these. The reason being cited is that its appointed members are those who try to protect the Church’s interests.