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Bangalore: Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse Arrested for Harassment


Bangalore: Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse Arrested for Harassment

Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Jun 19: Pastor Shantaraju, who is facing allegations from his wife of sexually explotiing minors, was arrested by the Gangammanagudi police on Saturday June 18.

The police, however, have arrested him on charges of harassment and criminal intimidation of his wife, and not sexual abuse.

Shantaraju's wife, Priyalatha had accused him of having sexual relationship with minor girls of Bethel Church and Bethel Student Centre at Jalahalli, and had even claimed that he was misappropriating the church funds.

He was arrested close to his home and will be produced before the magistrate.

Earlier, an 18-year-old girl at the centre had revealed to the police that the pastor was in a relationship with another girl and had even asked sexual favours from other girls at the center. He would take the girl inside his room and ask other girls to stand guard, she said. Another girl said that the pastor used to even take their photos on his cell phone without their permission and later morph them in obscene ways.

Priyalatha had also alleged that a girl at the centre had undergone abortion at the age of 16, and that there were other such girls too. He had threatened to kill her and their children, she had said in her complaint.

 

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  • Cynthia, Moodbidri

    Wed, Jun 22 2011

    Imran Kaup, Dubai No mercy... Shoot them in the public!
    This is not saudi.. it's India. Don't try to 'shaharia law' to India. For gods sake leave india alone.

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE/YANBU-KSA

    Tue, Jun 21 2011

    @CK Dayananda,Managlore,for me both are individuals and I no see any label on them.But to identify them there are names.It might be Mullah or Pastor Shantharaju or Kaamiswami Nityanda the great.However 'a tree is known by its fruits'You are here to hit and run with out specific figure.Okay if it hurt anyway(kaamiswami Nityananda)about him I am sorry.However a heart filled with love can always give love.Have a nice day.

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    AM, Mangalore first and foremost please advise those medias and newspapers to be impartial towards political parties and come out with the actual truth what they see and not on the basis of political parties or religion whom they support.

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    This things are happening in every religion in many ways, there is no one is perfect nor perfect person is not born on the earth so far.
    Politicians are > Corrupt
    Stars are > Looking for Name and Fame
    Government Servents are > Looking for Bribery
    Lawyers are > Liars
    Accountants are> Cooking Books
    Businessmen’s are> Cheat and Eat
    Millionaire are> Selfish
    Sadhu/Guru's are> Billion Dollar Empire
    Please name the person who is perfect in this world?

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  • Ravikumar, Kadri / Najran

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    Suppose the person accused here is a swamy insted of Pastor, we could have read more than 100 comments bashing from left and right.However, thanks to Maria & harry d,souza for your comments at least we find two truth seekers in D.K.

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  • Imran Kaup, Dubai

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    Mr.Sunil - Whoever it may may be if anybody is culprit in such case Shoot them in the public even if it is U or ME .... Forget about Community

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  • Imran Kaup, Dubai

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    Mr.Sunil - Whoever it may may be if anybody is culprit in such case Shoot them in the public even if it is U or ME .... Forget about Community

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  • Sunil S, Qatar

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    Dear C K Dayananda,

    Why bring religion into this? Even Sathya Sai Baba had a homosexual relationship with a young male devotee in the early 80's. Do a search on the web for this. This still does not mean all swamis mullahs or priests are perverts. Do not generalize! Look at the individual rather than the community. We can also argue that all ladies bars, prostitution, haftha, and other underworld activities are controlled by Shettys and Pujaris whether in Mumbai, Dubai, or Bangalore. But everyone knows this is not the case. We do have good people in every community. Get alife and stop blaming individual communities.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    @ Imran Kaup,Dubai
    I really appreciate your way of punishment. If you think "shoot in the public" is the best punishment, then 90% of your community will be punished. What do you say about this??? By the way what is the best punishment for terrorists, who are recently caught from your community???

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 20 2011

    @ Imran Kaup,Dubai
    I really appreciate your way of punishment. If you think "shoot in the public" is the best punishment, what is the best punishment for terrorists, who are recently caught ???

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 19 2011

    Dear CK Dayananda,

    Everybody is not same. You cannot blame any religion here. In India Specially in Karnataka the hindus population is more in number. And see the newspapers, website who is committing more crimes. I read everyday the temple poojary (hindu) rape cases. Just open you eyes and read the news.

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  • C K DAYANANDA, MANGALURU

    Sun, Jun 19 2011

    ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE/YANBU-KSA

    Why you always fume poison against Hindus by bringing Nithyananda Swamy's name again and again.

    Eventhough you constitute 15 percent of the population of Dakshina Kannada, 75 per cent of crimes like rape, abduction and theft are committed by you people.

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  • Maria, Moodbidri

    Sun, Jun 19 2011

    really appreciate priyalatha's courage to bring her husband to justice. "PATHI IS NOT PARMESHWAR" he is just a partner for her, both should give respect each other and take respect.

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  • Imran Kaup, Dubai

    Sun, Jun 19 2011

    No mercy... Shoot them in the public!

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE/YANBU-KSA

    Sun, Jun 19 2011

    If Pastor has done any illicit relationship with other girls of his trust he should be given harsher punishment.We look Swamy Nithya of Bidadi and Pastor in the same eyes @ present.However, police arrested him on the basis of his wife's complaint of harassment and criminal intimidation! What prevented police to register case against SEXUAL ABUSE of other girls? still confused.

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  • Adv. Harry D'souza, Mulki, Dahisar

    Sun, Jun 19 2011

    Innocent children are the suferrers of the lust of these chritian pastors. It should be dealt with heavy hands. There are several complaints reported in the media regarding the sexual abuse of innocent children in may orpanages run by christian people

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