Church magazine calls rape victims liars, accused priests victims

India Today

July 10, 2018

By Niharika Banerjee

Amodern-day Eve finds it convenient to claim that she was raped when she is caught in the act,” reads a column in a weekly magazine run by the Catholic Church that has come out in open support of a bishop and a few priests who have been accused of rape.

The article in the latest edition of Indian Currents by columnist AJ Philip claims that there were “no repeated rapes” in either of the two rape cases that have rattled Kerala churches.

The article titled “Villians as victims” tries to whitewash the accused bishop and the priests as Philip mentions a “memorable encounter” with one of the accused priests. “The priest had a reputation as a good counsellor,” Philip writes.

A school teacher, in Kerala, has alleged that four Orthodox priests blackmailed and sexually abused her after she confessed to having a premarital affair with a priest.

In his column, Philips asks that if the complainant was really a victim of a “terrible” thing as rape, why did she not inform her parents of the incident.

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