Judicial custody for Christian priest abusing boys in Kerala 

Judicial custody for Christian priest abusing boys in Kerala 
 

Kochi:  A Christian priest who was arrested on Sunday for sodomizing young boys — inmates in a Boy’s Home here, headed by the Father himself, was sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

Father George, alias Jerry, 40, the director of the Home, was arrested based on complaints of parents of the young boys, an officer with the Palluruthy Police station told IANS on condition of anonymity.

“Based on the complaints from the boy’s parents, the priest was picked up and his arrest was recorded on Sunday morning,” he said.

According to the complaints from the parents of seven boys, the priest had been abusing them for quite some time.

The young inmates for a while were under duress from the priest and apart from abuse, the boys complained that he was all the time angry and used to scold and at times even thrash them.

Last evening, a boy unable to bear the manner in which the accused was treating him, went outside the home and informed his parents.

It was after the parents arrived that things spiralled out.

The police quickly acted and after recording his arrest earlier on Sunday produced him before a magistrate who remanded him to 14 days judicial custody. Father George was sent to the Mattancherry subjail.

The Catholic Church to which the accused is attached has started disciplinary procedures against him according to the Canon law.