SC declines ex-Catholic priest’s plea for interim bail to marry minor he raped

The Supreme Court Monday declined to entertain a plea by ex-Catholic priest Robin Vadakkumcherry for an interim bail to marry the minor lady he had raped and impregnated. The apex courtroom, nevertheless, requested him to approach the Kerala High Court.

The rape survivor from Kerala had on Saturday moved the Supreme Court looking for permission to marry Robin, who was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment after a courtroom in February 2019

Following his sentencing, the Church initiated steps to dismiss him from the priesthood and at last defrocked him in 2020.

The lady belonged to a Catholic household in a parish the place Vadakkumchery labored as a priest. In May 2016, the lady, who had on the time simply written her Class 10 exams, went to Vadakkumchery’s parsonage for some data-entry work of the parish. In the afternoon, when the opposite ladies have been away, the priest took the lady to his bed room and raped her. He let her go home after commanding her to not reveal the incident to anybody. The lady mentioned nothing to her household. She went to highschool, and attended mass on the native church daily. She had change into pregnant on account of the rape, however nobody appeared to have realised this.