Kerala Catholic priest Fr Robin Vadakkumchery wants to marry his rape victim


Kochi, Jul 15 (IANS): Kerala Catholic priest Fr Robin Vadakkumchery, 52, sentenced to 20 years in jail in three different cases of rape and abuse of a minor, has moved the Kerala High Court seeking to marry the victim and take care of the child born to her.

Expressing similar wish, the victim has filed an affidavit in the court.

However, the prosecution expressed doubts over it and said it could be a ploy to get relaxation. The court has sought a police report and posted the case for July 24.


Fr Robin Vadakkumchery

Fr Vadakkumchery, dismissed from priesthood by the Vatican, was serving as a parish vicar near Kannur and was the manager of the Church-backed-school, where the victim, a Class 11 student, was studying.

A child line agency, which works among school children, had registered the complaint against the priest. The priest came under pressure after the girl gave birth to a child on February 7, 2017.

The priest was arrested on February 27, 2017 from near the Kochi International Airport while he was preparing to slip out of the country. He was tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

On February 17, 2019, he was sentenced to 20-year jail by a court in Thalassery.

During the trial, the victim and her mother had turned hostile. But the court handed out the verdict on the basis of evidences. Four nuns, another priest and one more woman attached to the convent, all co-accused in the police charge-sheet, were let off due to lack of adequate evidences.

In March, the Manthavady (in Wayanad district) Adioceses officials said the Vatican had dismissed Fr Vadakkumchery from priesthood. The papers related to the Pope's decision, taken on December 5, 2019, were given to the jailed priest.

 

 

  

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  • snk, Mlore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    Yes. Best thing is to transfer all his accounts & property to her. Let him complete the jail term. He is monster. Note he was silent till the jail sentence. Should be careful with such guys.

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  • Manojb, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    i don’t think so marrying is a good option what guaranty he will look after the girl after the marriage? May be there will be more and more torture in her life

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    The ex-priest should have indicated about his decision of marrying the raped girl in the beginning itself. Why after coming to know the Courts order of sentencing him for 20 years. See the age difference 52 and 17.

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    You have violated the vow of celibacy & allowed satan to take charge of your life therefore you have sinned, although lord will forgive your mistakes, still every sin has a consequence that cannot be avoided. Do 20 in prison.

    A young woman came for counseling she narrated her story that she was pregnant outside of marriage the priest told I will pray for you god will forgive your sins. Later she says pray for me in lord that to take away pregnancy through a miracle, and priest said ' sin has a consequence god can forgive your mistakes but you have to face the consequences of sin.

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/ Udupi

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    We are all sinners and nobody is 100% right, he is no more priest, let him marry the girl if she agree and form the family. He is only 52 years old.

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  • Manu, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    Guilty must be punished, punish him first after his punishment let him marry. Dont allow him spoil others girls life with his cruel sick mind.

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  • Jacob, Jeppu

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    He's just 52years old? Quite Young to marry a girl of daughters age,if he had one?

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    God has provided alternative domestic church to the people

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    This week the Kerala high court, has canceled bail order arrest

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    This remarks by a convicted criminal, is insulting the sensibilities, of every citizen of India !!! How dare he degrades this lady, who he blatantly, sexually violated ???

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    A bad apple in the basket. He just wants to evade law. Once married he will ditch or divorce .

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  • Mohammed Azaruddin Moodbidri, Doha- Qatar

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    This granpa should punished as per the law ....he is now trying to escape from scene ....by providing falthu answers ........good priest has no value because of this kind of rapist ....surely govt should punish for him and if we live simple later on everyone do same scandal

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  • Victor Alvares, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    What is your view about the marriage of 51 year old with a child of 6 years old?

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  • Laaqui, KARIYANGALA

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    Serve your 20 years sentence ,and think about your marriage, shameless...!?

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    A tiger you know does not kill a single innocent deer for survival...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    I don't think there is only one victim. There could be multiple innocents got raped by this ..... but due to fear they might not have complained.

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    No, he should not be allowed to marry. He should be jailed for lifetime.

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  • Thomas P. Andrade, Toronto

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    He raped a minor girl and when she became pregnant, he tried to put the blame on the girl's father. He also tried to escape from the country but luckily was caught at airport. Now he wants to escape from his long sentence, so he has come out with an offer to marry the girl.

    Do you guys think he is repentant and sincerely wants to marry his victim?

    This rapist, lier and crook cannot be a good husband. Let him complete his jail term so that he cannot rape anymore girls.

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  • Sadiq, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    This is not right time to marry, we will not be invited for covid restriction (50 pax only) Surely, we will meet in 2040. Good luck Rapist..

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  • Rajesh. D., Manglore, Dubai.

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    The administration team who attempted to sweep the scandal under the carpet also should be held responsible. Then only crime rates will come down in religious & other places as well.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Let law take its course

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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    No..Don't leave this rapist. What is the guarantee that he will look after rape victim? We cannot trust these rapists. He should be in jail for his misdeeds.

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  • Melwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    This grandpa is getting funny ideas. He brought a bad name to priesthood. Now he wants to spoil the institution of marriage.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Whatever crime he did was is his individual guilt. Law has done his work.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    this man should have been a politician...he gets all crooked ideas to escape...

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    He is priest .. he may be terminated from priesthood... but he is still God selected one... he shouldn't tell like this... now it is proved that he raped her .. now he wants save himself by marrying her...

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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    How many such 'victims' are there?

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  • Jovial Robby, Kasargod

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    By this special offer does he wants to stop or defend against the court proceedings ?

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Assuming he was 50 and the victim 17 at the time of the crime, say, a difference of 33 years ? Is he kidding ? Would he have given his female relative in marriage to man 33 years older than her ??

    Please don't let anybody manipulate a woman, minor or major. Let him rot in jail for 20 years.

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  • jeannette Fernandes, kuwait

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    Please dont let him free. He wants to escape the penalty that has been meted out to him. The victim and the baby can go on with their life. It is not the end of the world for them.

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  • Sanjay, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    maja saja bangayi....ab saja maja bananeka soch raha hain :)))

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    First complete the Jail Term & you can do whatever you want ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Exactly....this is the best reply.

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  • N. D'Souza, Talluru/Kundapura

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    What may be their age difference? While committing crime age doesn't matter. but for real life to live together age difference matters. Hope court will keep this in mind. Else girls future can be like 'from the pan to the fire'.

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  • Santosh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Interesting what will the law say.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    The priest must have taken this decision much before the child is born and thrown out of his profession. But it may be better to leave free and start his family life.

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  • Mr Kamath, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Do you think the girl will agree especially when she had such a dirty torture. She will be mentally tortured for whole life why does he deserve a family he deserves the jail family shocked so see such reolys

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Mr Kamath, Mangalore......If the case has been filed after the girl has become pregnant......it is not a torture for sure.

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  • Mr Kamath, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Are you serious the girl was a minor and if it was not a torture she would have not filed case. Some people understand things only when it happens to them sorry

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  • Suneed, Manglore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Not only the priest Raped the minor girl but also compelled her to put the blame on her father. The man should finish his jail terms.

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  • Mangalore Bun, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    it may be better ???? Are you serious????? God forbid, and pardon my tongue...but would you have said the same if some one near and dear to you suffered this horrible fate ?

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    What is the best solution now in this case....!!!???? Allowing him to mrry that girl or allow the girl to fonder for for her child and herself.....!!!?????

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  • Sanjay, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    best solution would be to transfer all his belongings to her and let him toil in jail to provide the new born all his life.....this best solution will never happen knowing our law :))

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  • Ina Mina D Noronha, Valencia , Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Best solution Charles
    “Pepere pepere dumm “

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  • J. Mathew,, Ottawa/Canada

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    Sanjay,
    "To transfer everything" he is not a engineer working in Gulf or in US. He is catholic priest may be having some peanuts or little money. Now that he is taken out from priesthood, let him find a job suitable for him to take care of that girl and the child.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jul 16 2020

    Charles Dmello Pangla ,best is he should remain in jail as per law .why he wants to marry now as he was found guilty?Just think their age .she would be almost his granddaughters age.why didnt he think in the beginning itself to marry her if at all instead of raping ,impregnating,and later as she born a child and all were hiding the fact ,putting the mistake on father?

    He was a ordained priest and has sinned,now he must pay for it.Sure suppose he marrys her ,for the child will be a father as per law and a husband to the girl.but which price?what says the girl?this doesnt match.He was preparing to slip away from country in the beginning.why now a change of mind all of a sudden ?to get rid of his punishment?Forget it.Like all who sinned or done wrong have to pay for it.let us wait and see wet the girl learn something ,and can lookafter her son by working.Now she has no job,not even finished school or college.

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