Society of Jesus mum on alleged rape of Nun by their Principal -Updated

published on October 12, 2010

TN: Case against principal for ‘raping’ nun


TIRUCHIRAPALLI (TAMIL NADU): A case has been lodged against a college principal here for allegedly raping a nun several times over a period of two years since 2006.

The woman, in her complaint, said the man who used to visit the college where she was doing her graduation in music, once invited her to his college.

On her first visit to the college on January 22, 2006, the principal allegedly offered her a drink mixed with drugs and raped her repeatedly, she said in her complaint.

He also recorded the incident on his cell phone and threatened to make it public if she disclosed the matter to anyone.

The complainant said she became pregnant in 2008, but was forced to undergo an abortion at a private hospital. The principal had threatened her with dire consequences several times and sexually harassed her, she said.

Though she had complained about him to the relevant authorities at the Society of Jesus, no action had been taken so far, she said.

The case was registered at an all women’s police station there last night and the woman was sent for medical examination, police said.

Principal accused of sexual abuse by ex-nun

Chennai: A former nun in Tiruchy has filed a police complaint against a priest, also the principal of a prestigious college, alleging that he sexually abused her, resulting in her pregnancy, which led to her subsequent removal as a nun.

Francismary, 28, once a nun, had joined a college in Tiruchy in 2006 for pursuing her MA. During this time, she met Rajarathinam, principal of St Joseph’s College. One day in January 2006, when she went to meet him, Rajarathinam served her a cold drink laced with sedatives, she alleged in the complaint. She was raped, her obscene pictures were taken on the cellphone camera, and she was threatened against telling anyone about it.

Rajarathinam took her to several places and abused her, she said, adding that this resulted in a pregnancy which was aborted at a private hospital in 2008. However, when the news about her pregnancy and abortion became public, Francismary was removed from the order.

She also named a few other priests of threatening her on behalf of the accused priest.

A case has been registered at the Tiruchy Fort Women’s Police Station, according to police sources.

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