16 July 2020
Mattersindia.com reported that Robin Vadakkumchery a former Catholic priest, currently in jail for impregnating a minor girl three years ago, has moved the Kerala High Court seeking suspension of his sentence for two months to enable him to marry the “victim,” who has now attained the legal age for marriage. What a crooked idea to escape jail sentence for raping a minor girl! These ideas can come only from the Indian Catholic Church, which if Robin's brainwave materialises, will be gladly blessing the rape-converted-into-marriage!! It is the same stunt as Franco Mulakkal who got Covid-19 positive within two hours (the fastest Covid-19 test report ever) on the same day the Kottayam Court in Kerala issued a Non-Bailable Warrant on Monday 13th July for his arrest. This doctored Covid Test report should be challenged by the nuns' legal team and Franco should be hauled up into a jail with all Covid-19 protocols in place.
Mulakkal and the likes of Robin Vadakkumchery show the same steak which is to buy their way out with money power – money which they looted from the Laity. The judge should throw Robin's petition into the dustbin. If Robin the wolf in a sheep's clothing is allowed to marry his victim, he would use her, throw her out after a few years, and go to deflower someone else. It would be interesting to know how the Indian Catholic Church Hierarchy, particularly Catholic Bishops Conference of India will view these latest stunts of both Franco and Robin. Isaac Gomes, Asso. Editor, Church Citizens' Voice.
Kochi, July 15, 2020: A former Catholic priest, currently in jail for impregnating a minor girl three years ago, has moved the Kerala High Court seeking suspension of his sentence for two months to enable him to marry the “victim,” who has now attained the legal age for marriage.
When the matter came up for consideration on July 15, the special public prosecutor for women and children opposed Robin Vadakkumchery’s plea seeking suspension of the sentence which cannot be granted as it did not warrant any special circumstance.
The prosecutor also informed the court that Vadakkumcherry, who is in his 50s, was convicted by the trial court for repeatedly raping the 16-year-old girl at his presbytery in 2017 when he was a vicar of a church in Mananthavady diocese of Syro-Malabar Church.
The prosecution argued that the court cannot be made a forum for the marriage of a rape convict with the victim as it would send a wrong message.
In his plea, Vadakkumcherry said the only impediment to the marriage was his priesthood and now he is eligible for entering wedlock as he had been dispensed with priestly duties and rights by the Pope and has been reduced to the state of a layman.
The court posted the case for July 24 for further consideration. A POCSO court in Thalassery had last year sentenced Vadakkumchery to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs three lakh on him.
Vadakkumcherry was the vicar of the church in Kottiyur in Kannur district and manager at the school where the victim was studying. He was arrested two years ago while trying to flee to Canada.
Adhering to a policy of zero tolerance towards clergy who sexually exploit minors, Pope Francis had expelled the priest convicted of rape from all priestly duties and rights.