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5 Kerala Priests Transferred for Using Woman's Confession to Blackmail Her for Sex

While the first accused allegedly blackmailed and sexually exploited her, the victim’s husband alleged that she was abused by four priests she subsequently approached for help.

Updated:June 26, 2018, 2:49 PM IST
Kottayam (Kerala): Five Kerala priests of the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Orthodox Church have been transferred over allegations of sexually exploiting a woman from the same church, an official said.

Secretary of the Church Biju Oommen said they received complaint from the husband of the victim and took immediate action. In his complaint, the woman’s husband has alleged that the accused used her confession, which is supposed to be kept confidential, to blackmail her.

"The church has acted in the utmost responsible manner… Today as things stand, the five are suspects. A commission has been appointed to probe the episode. The probe is on and when the report comes, the church will again act on it," said Oommen.

The husband has said one of the priest who first exploited his wife was blackmailing her. When she sought help on this from another priest, he too, threatened her and shared her contact with another fellow priest and in the end she came under duress from at least five priests.

The Orthodox Church was shocked as the episode was criticised heavily on the social media which dented its image.

"We are certainly worried about the huge publicity that the incident has generated and we suspect that there are vested interests who are out to malign our Church in the social media," added Oommen.

The victim has not yet filed a police complaint.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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