Fr Job Mathew Gets Bail With Strict Conditions : Church Sex Scandal

Kochi : The Kerala High Court today allowed bail to Fr Job Mathew, the second accused in the sensational scandal where five priests of Syro-Malabar church in Pathanamthitta blackmailed and raped a married woman over time.

The bail that comes with rigid terms requires the Fr Job to surrender his passport to the trial court and appear before the investigating officials twice a week.

The priest has also been cautioned against contacting or trying to influence the victim or her relatives.

The Scandal
A man from Pathanamthitta lodged complaint against  five priests belonging to Malankara Syrian orthodox church in the district for sexually exploiting his wife by blackmailing her over years.

According to the complaint, the woman was abused by one priest  when she was a minor. She allegedly confessed this pre-marital encounter to 2nd accused Father Job Mathew during sacrament of confession. He then allegedly began to blackmail her with the disclosure and coerced her to have sex with him.

Then blackmailing the woman with pictures of their intimacy, the priest allegedly forced her to bed three other priests – 1st accused Fr Sony Varghese, 3rd accused Fr Abraham Varghese  and 4th accused Fr Jayce K George.

Another priest Fr Johnson V Mathew is accused of once blackmailing the woman using her nude pics and forcing her into his car after which he touched her inappropriately. He is the 5th accused and the only priest exempted from rape charges.

There are confusing reports about arrested  priests admitting their crimes as well as others that claim they maintain  innocence in the case.

Three priests have been arrested so far while 2 – Fr  Abraham Varghese aka Sony and Fr Jayce K George  have approached the Supreme Court for anticipatory bail and wont be arrested till the apex court ruling.

Fr Johnson, the fifth accused and the only priest not charged of rape in the case was allowed bail earlier  by Kerala High  Court on 23 July.


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