22 October, 2020

Most Foul And A Father Too

A Kerala priest’s arrest for rape spills out tales about the laity being exploited in ways more than sexual

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Fr Robin Vadakkumchery, arrested, at his parsonage in Kottiyoor
Courtesy: Madhyamam
Most Foul And A Father Too
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2017-03-04T11:31:51+05:30

The Church did provide him with the customary accommodation for work and rest, but the vicar went on to use the parsonage for deeds inhuman. Fr Robin Vadakkumchery alle­gedly raped a minor girl under his parish in north Kerala and further exploited the victim’s poverty by reportedly forcing her father to own up the pregnancy. The 48-year-old priest was arrested three weeks after he fathered a child, leading to his suspension from performing the holy sacraments, including mass. But then, this isn’t the first time the cle­rgy sensed the dark acts of the man in white robes.

First, on how Vadakkumchery is said to have brushed the serial cruelty under the carpet. He is claimed to have paid the dirt-poor family in a rugged belt of Kannur district Rs 10 lakh to conceal the real criminal, having persuaded the expe­ctant teenager to tell the police that the rapist was her parent. Not knowing the gravity of the situation, the father of the 16-year-old said he was the one who committed the crime and that the family was not interested in pursuing the case. Only...

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