Kerala cops to probe priest abuse

The Telegraph

June 30, 2018

By K.M. Rakesh

Investigation order after Achuthanandan nudge

Bangalore – The Kerala police chief has ordered a crime branch probe into allegations that a group of priests misused confession secrets to sexually exploit a woman, the directive apparently following a nudge from former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan.

Sources said the CPM veteran had written to director-general of police Loknath Behera requesting the police register a suo motu case, based on the allegations by the woman’s husband.

In a letter to the Kottayam-based Malankara Orthodox Church, the husband has accused five priests of using his wife’s secret confessions to blackmail and sexually exploit her. However, neither the husband nor the wife has lodged a police complaint.

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