POCSO convict ex-catholic priest Robin Vadakkumchery has approached Supreme Court seeking bail.
New Delhi: POCSO convict and defrocked priest Robin Vadakkumchery has approached the Supreme Court seeking bail. The ex-priest has sought bail to marry the survivor. The move comes a day after the survivor approached the Supreme Court expressing her willingness to marry Robin Vadakkumchery who is serving the sentence in the case.
It is noteworthy that the ex-priest had earlier approached the Kerala High Court with the same request. However, the court dismissed the application with strong-worded observation.
The Thalassery court, on February 12, 2019, awarded 20 years of rigourous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 3 lakh to Robin Vadakkumchery who was found guilty in a case of raping and impregnating a minor girl in Kottiyoor. Though the ex-priest was awarded a total of 60 years imprisonment on various charges, he can serve all the sentences together. Rs 1.5 lakh from the fine should be given to the girl.
Robin Vadakkumchery, dismissed from priesthood by the Vatican, was serving as a parish vicar near Kannur and was the manager of the Church-backed-school, where the girl, a Class 11 student, was studying.
A childline agency, which works among school children, had registered the complaint against the priest. Robin Vadakkumchery came under pressure after the girl gave birth to a child on February 7, 2017.
Robin Vadakkumchery was arrested on February 27, 2017 from near the Kochi International Airport while he was preparing to slip out of the country. He was tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.