New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that priests sexually assaulting women is a ‘disturbing trend’.
A bench of the country’s top court expressed its disappointment with the cases of sexual assault emerging from one of the country’s most respectable churches and described the back-to-back sex scandals involving Catholic priests as a ‘disturbing trend’.
Just this year, two such cases have emerged from different parts of the country where Catholic priests have been accused of blackmail and even rape.
The court’s observation came after the bench heard the ordeal of two victims who have accused the priests of sexual harassment.
Justice Sikri expressed shock at the cases being reported from Kerala. The court also took note of the fact that most priests who are being investigated under these allegations have sought anticipatory bail.
In two separate incidents, accusations of sexual assault against priests and a bishop have rocked the Catholic community in India. Earlier this year, four priests with the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church confessed to blackmailing and sexually assaulting a woman who had come to them seeking a confession. In another case, the Bishop of Jalandhar was accused of raping a highly placed nun and threatening her and her family members to carry out no legal actions.