Priest’s Child Rape India
New Delhi, July 22, 2020: A group of catholic women “concerned about justice issues in the Church and society” has condemned a former priest’s plan to marry a minor girl he raped and impregnated as an attempt to get out of jail.“We find this extremely atrocious and read this as an attempt on his part to escape punishment,” says the Sisters in Solidarity in a July 22 letter to the leaders of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council.
Asserting that the bishops should declare that the Church does not support child rape case “as basis for legitimizing a Christian marriage,” the group warns that their silence on Robin Vadakkumchery’s marriage proposal “will be seen as the Church being party to the crime.”
The 52-year-old man on July 15 moved the Kerala High Court seeking to marry the victim so that they could take care of the child born to her.
However, the prosecution opposed the petition alleging that that it could be a ploy to get relaxation in his jail term. The court has sought a police report and posted the case for July 24.