Dad 'framed' by Politicians in Sex Case: Pastor's Son

Newindpress [India]
January 12, 2006

COIMBATORE: Tension prevailed on the premises of Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) as relatives of pastor Charles, who committed suicide after accusations of child abuse, refused to accept his body.

The pastor threw himself before the train after Lakshmi, a girl who was staying in his orphanage, lodged a complaint of sexual abuse with district rural police.

On Wednesday, his relatives refused to take back his body after post-mortem demanding further inquiry into the whole episode. Ditto, son of pastor Charles, gave a petition to Rural SP Thenmozhi that his father was "framed" in the case by local politicians, leading to his suicide.

In his petition, Ditto said his father was running an orphanage in service of the poor near Mettupalayam. The 13-year-old Lakshmi was sent back home about six months ago from the orphanage.

He said they received information that the girl was being treated for kidney related diseases. However, the family of the girl had filed a case against my father charging him of sexual abuse, claiming that it had spoilt the girl's kidneys.

He demanded legal action against a few local political functionaries, the girl's mother and the girl herself for the death of his father.

After the police intervened and talked to the relatives, the pastor's body was taken to Ernakulam, his home town, for last rites.

Meanwhile, eight other inmates of the orphanage at Mongampalayam village on the Annur-Mettupalayam Road were shifted to the government run orphanage in Peelamedu on Wednesday.


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