Other priests involved in murder cases

via www.expressbuzz.com published on November 20, 2008

KOCHI: Priests getting involved in murder cases is not new in Kerala. The arrest of Fr Thomas Kottur, Fr Jose Puthrukkayil and Sr Sephi in connection with Sr Abhaya murder case has stirred up the memory of other sensational cases in Kerala involving the priests.

In 1966, Fr Benedict Onamkulam, a priest of Changanassery Archdiocese, was sentenced to death for the murder of a widow -Mariakutty- on the basis of “circumstantial evidence”.

However, he was acquitted by the Kerala High Court on an appeal filed against the lower court judgement, sentencing him to death.

In 1984, Fr Ravi, an Orthodox priest of Kottayam, was acquitted by a lower court after he was charged with murdering a student- Jolly.

In another case in 1986, Fr Antony Lazar was accused of murdering a nurse Marykutty in Kollam. Though he was sentenced to death by the Sessions Court, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the High Court on an appeal against the lower court order.

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  1. anand Reply

    November 20, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Hey Hindus U wake up!!!
    HK should publish the list of Priest-Sister cases by date on an Index sheet. 5

  2. raj nair Reply

    November 20, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Saint Abahaya
    I am thinking of the criminal mind of the Bishop (parishutha Pithaavu ???), who hide the culprits Kottur, and Poothrukka under his criminal “Loha” and still allow them to do the “Holy Mass” in the church? Isn’t he cheating (criminally) the believers? 5

  3. Sakthi Reply

    November 20, 2008 at 10:30 am

    all these sex craving fathers and nuns should be exposed
    Now there should be raids in all this convents and missionaries..as soon as BJP comes to power.. we will see real face of christianity in India.. all the criminals are hiding in their holes called convents and missionary places and chruches.. raid them like this commies raided ashrams.. (unfortunately they did not get anything vital to say or use against Hindus) but Chruches everyone knows how sex craving this nuns and fathers are they are forecefully controlling their sexual urges! which politicians use it for their own purpose 5

  4. Martin Reply

    November 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    How about the cases of sisters mercy, sofi, anjo, ansi, lisa? I suspect they were all raped and murdered.

    C.I. Issac’s appropriately titled story about the ‘dracula houses of kerala’ is self-explanatory.


  5. ganesh Reply

    November 28, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Should the gentle Hinduism have to become harder? Is a unified and centralised organisation of Hinduism where all powers are given to one man as in Christianity should inspire us??
    What makes the western Christianity stronger is its organisation….Should we have to copy it to survive and fight it out??
    CAN THE Mighty organisation of the Christian Church be our model? A thorn should be removed with another.
    The Catholic clergy is organized in a strict and territorially-defined hierarchy.
    Let us compare the Christian Hierarch with that of a future plan to have a similar system in India.
    We Hindus should take what is best in this system and retaliate to their onslaught.

    1) Pope: Head of the Church, he is based at the Vatican. The pope is vested with all powers and wields a quasi-diktat on all other persons placed under his authority.
    He defines and redefines values and foreign policies and expresses his views in matters of faith and morals.
    We too should opt for a similar system for a better protection of our civilisation.
    Hindus should have an equivalent to POPE. Let us call him Shankaracharya or by any name. What matters is the organisation with built-in mechanism to ward off Christian and crusader incursions in India.
    He should be above any political power and never can be dragged before a court of law. He could never be dragged inside the circle of ordinary criminals and treated like one of them. We should learn from past experiences and give to our Shankarachary a territory wherein he should have the same powers as Pope in VATICAN. He should be a head of an independent state say for example in Kanchipuram and should receive, following a diplomatic protocol, diplomats and Heads of foreign governments in visit in India.

    2) Cardinal: 178 cardinals are appointed worldwide by the POPE, including 13 in the U.S., forming the College of Cardinals. As a body, it advises the pope and, on his death, elects a new pope.
    Shankaracharya should be given power to n 5

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