Assault on Child – FIR Registered against Peruvai Parish Priest

Mangaluru: The parish priest of the Peruvai church in Bantwal taluk is reportedly untraceable after the parents filed an FIR against him in the Vittal police station for physically assaulting their child earlier this week.

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The parents said that their son Sandeep had been attending Catechism classes in preparation for receivin the first holy communion in Fatima Church, Peruai. During the class, Fr Andrew D’Costa is said to have asked some questions based on the Bible, which Sandeep failed to answer.

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Angered by this, the priest beat the boy with a stick. After the class, Sandeep went home and told his parents that he would not attend the catechism classes anymore as he was beaten by Fr Andrew with a stick.

Sandeep’s uncle immediately informed the Childline and the members of United Christians’ Association. He also filed a complaint against the priest in the Vittal police station.

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As soon as the FIR was registered, the police visited the church but Fr D’Costa was not available. Speaking to mangalorean.com, the Vittal police said that they had registered a case under section 324 IPC and the Juvenile Justice Act, based on the statement of the child.

2 Comments

  1. Andrew is a Priest or a Beast. I am sure many Senior Citizens who studied in St.Aloysius High School in 50’s and 60 should remember how the Jesuit Priests behaved like beasts. Teachers will send young students to Headmaster Priest for not doing home work or some misbehavior. There in His office ,this Priest will beat the Student with a long Cane few times. Some time this beast Priest will beat the Student in front of whole Classroom Students. What a shame that Student had felt taking beating in front of His Friends.

  2. I studied in one of the best schools that produced students that have done well in their respective fields, be it in India or abroad, where they have settled down and a few have returned. There were also students, who were not success stories. One of the illustrious students is Anil Kapoor, the Bollywood film star who, I later learnt, stayed in Tilak Nagar, which was also the home of the notorious gangster, Chhota Rajan, who is cooling his heels these days.

    Our Principal was Fr. McGrath, an Irish Missionary Priest of the Redemptorist Order who went back to Ireland and died there. He was a very good educationist, who led his male and teachers very well. Fr. McGrath presided over all students in the morning during the Assembly, before we went to our classes and all late comers waited aside to be caned by this priest for coming late. I still recall very well that one day when he was presiding at the Assembly, he saw students coming late and uttered the words, “Here come the Vietcongs.” He was referring to the North Vietnamese soldiers fighting the Americans and South Vietnamese during the war raging then.

    However, caning was a part of discipline those days, though I would not subscribe such punishment today, because things have changed a lot. Fr. McGrath was a very good priest, fair and square personality, who would not cave in to rich and powerful parents. He was totally upright and non-corrupt and was ethical.

    I have nothing, but good words for this noble soul.

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