The father of the 16-year-who gave birth to a baby few weeks ago in Kottiyoor, Kannur district of Kerala, after being raped by a Catholic priest, said that he had to falsely admit that he had raped his own daughter to "protect the priest and the Church”. Cited to be another worst sexual scandal in the state, this revelation of a heart-broken father tells the gravity of the situation where the Church itself had come forward defending the priest and blaming the girl for the 'crime'. The father said this to an interview with The Indian Express.
Kerala Police on last week arrested a Catholic priest Robin Vadakkuncheril, 48, of Mananthavady diocese, on charges of raping the minor in his parish at St Sebastian's Church in Kottiyoor. He later admitted to the police that he done the crime.
The priest betrayed our family and our faith in the Church. After my daughter delivered the baby, he wanted someone to take responsibility for the birth. How could I find someone for this job? Finally, I had to falsely state that I was the father of my daughter’s baby. As a believer, I also wanted to avoid the disgrace falling on the priest and the Church.The girl’s father to The Indian Express
He said that the he realised the seriousness of the crime after police arrested him as the rapist of his own daughter. Police told him that he would be jailed for several years for the offense. Realising the gravity of the situation that he revealed the name of priest.
The father said that Robin had paid the hospital bill and promised to do necessary penance for his sin. But he betrayed the family and girl by trying to flee the country.
The mother of the girl said that there was little to suspect in the priest's behaviour.
On most occasions, there would be women at the parsonage. Those women, once recruited by the priest to study abroad, used to call him ‘papa’. There had been no warning about the priest’s conduct. But unfortunately, our daughter has become a victim. she said in the interview.Mother of the girl
According to police, the priest had raped the girl during the summer vacation last May. She was later threatened, coerced not to tell anyone about the incident. The girl went to school till a day ago she delivered and the teachers were unaware of this.
The girl, after giving birth, has returned to school. She is adamant to complete her studies and to fight back.