Blame the victim and shield the accused: Church’s way of dealing with rape accusations

The weekly magazine Indian Currents, owned by the Catholic church and published under the patronage of the Capuchins of the Krisht Jyothi province of North India, has published a guest column by author AJ Philip. The article, titled ‘Villians as victims’ openly supports the rape accused Bishop Franko Mulakkal and the priests of the Malankara Orthodox Church against whom allegations of rape and abuse were filed recently.

The article starts with hailing the cordial behaviour and sense of humour of Bishop Fanko, with several anecdotes and examples, the author tries to establish that the Bishop was a great man. The author also mentions he knows the bishop personally and how he had inspired them to write an article about the canonization and subsequent sainthood of sister Alphonsa. He also cites how a priest in the US was ‘caught’ by a camera installed by a woman’s husband while he had gone to their house to settle a marital dispute between the two.

On the issue of the rape allegations against the priests of the Malankara church, the author states his mother belonged to that church and thus he has some idea about their traditions.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

He goes ahead to assert why pre-marital counselling is important by citing a trivial anecdote of an incident in Delhi when a husband slapped his wife on their wedding night because she drank the whole glass of milk.

The author makes great attempts to malign the nun who had put rape allegations against bishop Franko. He insinuates that the nun was at a prominent position in the church and hence she presumably could not have been raped. He also questions the fact that why did the nun not complain when she was ‘getting raped’.

The author even tries to paint the rape accusation as being a motivated assault as the nun wanted to be posted in a prominent position and did not want to be transferred elsewhere.

Coming to the rape allegations on the priests of the Malankara Orthodox Church, the article even goes some extra lengths to project that the woman, when she was 16, had consensual sex and it was not rape.

The author further attempts to suggest that the woman was in a physical relationship with many men. He specifies that 2 of these men were Hindu. The article states, “As I mentioned if the “rape” at age 16 was indeed a “rape”, it was not at all a sin to be confessed. She should have told her parents about the rape and they would have seen to it that the man was put behind bars. He would not have become a priest in due course.” He suggests that as the woman in question had not told her parents about being raped at 16 and had at no point complained to the authorities about being raped by the priests, her intentions must be questionable. He states that the case came to highlight only because her husband got to know of a credit card transaction made at a hotel in Kochi where the woman had spent a day with one of the priests.

In an attempt to totally absolve the priests and bishop of any wrongdoing, the article even brings in Adam and Eve. Insinuating the intentions of the victims and a superior agenda in both the cases, the article states “sex is never a one-sided affair’.

Ironically, as per a report in the Times of India, the cover story of the magazine published an editorial and the main story pointing out that women’s safety is a big issue in India.

Crimes against women, children and numerous allegations of sexual abuse and rape have always maligned the Catholic Church worldwide. Indian churches are no exception. The irony, however, is that the church mouthpieces and authorities, while being overtly vocal to preach on political and other trivial issues, even claiming random incidents of vandalism as ‘Christianity under attack in India’ maintain a conspicuous silence over it. None of the church authorities has come out to condemn the case of child trafficking in Jharkhand. On the other hand, an active propaganda to whitewash the crimes committed by priests seems to be underway.


Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

AAP propagandist tweets false claim about Adani Group, deletes due to fear of defamation

Earlier Delhi's Education Minister Manish Sisodia had also tweeted false claim about Adani Group

Rahul Gandhi’s lucrative and seemingly clandestine means of income and his links to scam accused FTIL, Unitech

How does Rahul Gandhi earn to buy land and other properties? A mystery we try to unravel
Prakash Raj was welcomed with pro-Modi slogans in Bengaluru

Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj greeted with pro-Modi slogans as he went to file his nomination

Prakash Raj seemed visibly miffed with a large number of Modi supporters welcoming him with pro-Modi slogans in Bengaluru
Congress' official twitter handle tweets the wrong date of Shahidi Diwas

BJP’s aggressive candidate list for 2019 election like a blizzard on Congress led by Rahul Gandhi

The boldness of BJP is apparent in that it has 21 present Union and ministers of state in the list, alongside the candidature of its party president, Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Watch: Embarrassment for Hardik Patel, crowd chants ‘Modi, Modi’ as he addresses a Holi event

Red-faced, Hardik Patel had to stop speaking and left the place soon after

How Caravan and Congress’ attempts to create ‘bribegate’ before 2019 election fell flat

The 'bribegate' that Congress and The Caravan tried to cried falls flat on its face on several counts. 
Rahul Gandhi

Staring at an imminent defeat in Amethi, Congress on the scout to secure a safe seat for Rahul Gandhi

The Congress units of southern states have been feverishly imploring Rahul Gandhi to fight from any constituencies in southern states, apart from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh .

‘Krantikari’ journalist Punya Prasun Bajpai sacked, again, this time from Surya Samachar

Punya Prasun Bajpai and his team of 25 had joined Surya Samachar last month

The Wire journalist wishes Holi with ‘Bismillah’, devout Muslims say it’s against Islam

Celebrating Hindu religious festivals is not the only that triggers abuses and threats from Muslim radicals

Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Imtiyaz Hussain claims his life being under threat after he exposed Pro-Pak Islamists and ‘journalists’

Jammu and Kashmir policeman reveals how certain 'journalists' work hand in glove with the enemies across the border in Pakistan

Latest articles

Connect with us

148,546FansLike
120,301FollowersFollow
31,181SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these


Share This Post and Support: