Jesuit detained on trumped up rape charges

December 1, 2014 by  
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Jesuit detained on trumped up rape chargesRanchi, December 1, 2014: Police detained a 60-year old Jesuit priest-principal in Jharkhand last week on charges of rape based on the oral testimony of a girl student, but Jesuits say he is “an unjust victim of illegal detention.”

Father Soosai Nayagam, 60, of Dumka-Raiganj Province “has become an unjust victim of illegal detention in jail,” said a press release from the Jesuits today.

According to the release last Monday the officer-in charge of Rajmahal police station Umesh Ram arrested Fr. Nayagam, principal of St. Berchmans Inter College, Mundli, Sahibganj.

It was based on the oral testimony of a 19 year girl student of the college. The officer recorded the priest’s crime as rape under a section of the Sc/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and forwarded the priest to the court.

The based on the oral testimony, recorded but unsigned by the girl, the magistrate ordered the detention of the priest for 14 days.

The arrest took place in dramatic circumstances, the release said adding that it was the scheme of those who were unable to stomach the principal’s overdrive for strict discipline from students and teachers alike.

“A 19 year old girl became a handy tool for them and they made her state that the principal molested her. That was the fuse which ignited unscrupulous elements, waiting eagerly for action, to teach a lesson to their disciplinarian principal,” the release said.

Under the guidance of certain teachers, the students went on a rampage, held the principal hostage and manhandled him, and destroyed college property.

The administration sought the help of the police to control the unruly situation. The police apparently sympathized with the students, manacled the priest and took him to the police Station.

“Now it has come to light that the girl later made a statement before a judicial magistrate alleging that she was not sexually harassed by the Principal. Certified copies of all related documents, including the FIR, are in the possession of certain reliable sources,” said the release said.

The arrest leaves several questions unaswered, and the state has to answer them “in unmistakable terms,” the release said.

“If a college principal falls victim to such nefarious doings, what awaits the common man,” it asked.

– ucan

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