Pune Catholic Priest ‘Rape’ Case: Intervention called for

January 26, 2013 by  
Filed under newsletter-india, Persecution

CAP calls for squashing rape case & false charges against Pune priest
CSF: Police actions suspect and communal political forces at work
CSF: Need to subject the ‘victim’ to narco or lie-detector tests
Many discrepancies & false charges, while priest held

students and parents came out to support Vice Principal Fr FalcaoHere is yet another case of allegations of communal bias on behalf of the police. This time in Pune, where Fr. Egidius Falcao, vice principal of Don Bosco Open School at Yerawada was falsely accused and humiliated by the police without not only proper investigations, but also grossly violating his human rights.
The Catholic Association of Poona has sent a memorandum signed by Diago Almeida (President) and Judith Menezes (secretary), calling for urgent corrective action by the authorities. However, The CSF investigations also briefly reveals as follow:

1. Two Catholic priests, Fr Egidius Falcao and Fr Anton D’Souza were both taken from the premises of the Sacred Heart Church, Yerawada, on Monday 21st January at 8.30pm, without a warrant, notice or explanation of why they were being taken to the police station. Many students and parents came out in support of the priests.

2.  They were illegally confined for hours and were not even allowed to use their mobile phones to get legal assistance. The police told them that solely on the basis of the ‘victims’ complaint they filed the case and some friends who testified. However, one of the girls clearly denied making any such allegations and said she was being pressurized.

3. The ‘victim’s’ statement at the most molestation and not rape or an attempt to do so. Hence, section 376 and 511 have been wrongfully applied on Fr Egidius and need to be immediately struck off. The incident is taking a communal and political turn, with the ABVP and others demonstrating outside the school premises and threatening Christians…

4. On the date the girl ‘victim’ was supposed to have been raped, she was marked absent in the school register. The vice-principal’s office is made of glass and any attempt to molest or rape, would be clearly visible, as many adults are seen around. It is indeed surprising that none did intervene, if such an incident took place. Further why the delay of over two weeks in complaining.

5. The police have taken advantage of the fact that Fr. Egidius is a Catholic priest and not part of the clergy of any other religion and is suspect to be working in tandem with unknown forces and for reasons, which call for an investigation. The ‘victim’, whose character is being suspected or her mother could have easily contacted senior Church authorities, any NGO or confronted the priest, if they were not comfortable going to the police, but did not do so.

We also call for the ‘victim’ to be subjected to a narco-analysis or lie-detector test, as her statement is the only evidence the police are going by. In view of the above, may we may seek your assistance in getting justice for a priest wrongly condemned.

For more info, contact:

Joseph Dias, The CSF Gen. Sec.
+91 9769555657 csfpost@gmail.com

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