Supreme Court has expressed shock and concern over the recent rapes cases involving Christian priests from churches in Kerala.
An observation by a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan came during the hearing of a case involving rape of a minor in a church by a Father in Kotiyoor in Malabar district of Kerala in 2016. The minor girl gave birth to a child in 2017 and immediately the child was handed over to a foundling home.
“It is disturbing that recently cases of rape are coming from churches in Kerala. It is shocking,” the bench remarked. According to the 2016 case, Kerala Police had registered a case against the priest, doctors who did surgery of the minor girl and the administrators of the children’s home. The priest is in custody and the case is on trial in a lower court in Kerala.
The court refused to discharge the two other accused Fr Thomas Therakan (Chairman, Child Welfare Committee) and Sister Betty Jose (Member) after the state pointed out that they had knowledge that the baby was kept in the Foundling Home and had not taken any steps to surrender the child under the Juvenile Justice Act and dismissed their appeal.