Women’s panel to monitor sexual abuse case against priests

Gulf News

July 7, 2018

NCW member Rekha Sharma meets victim at her house

Thiruvalla (Kerala) – The National Commission for Women (NCW), which took suo motu cognisance of a woman’s allegation of sexual exploitation by five priests of the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Orthodox Church, on Saturday said that they will closely monitor the case.

NCW member Rekha Sharma met the victim at her house in the presence of her close relatives and found out from her about the case. She later told the media that it was most unfortunate that these priests have misused their position.

“It’s to be noted that one of the accused passed on the information to the other accused about the victim. I will be calling them as hooligans, as they have misused their position. We will ask the head of the Church why these things are happening,” she said.

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