Tamil Speech by S.V.Ramani.
Any religious leaders must be true to their religion and they must guide the people in right path. Father, Mother and Guru [Religious leaders] are considered to be God. But here we are seeing a different kind of story.
A 60-year-old pastor, who is running a charitable trust in a village near Minjur in Tiruvallur district, 55 km from Chennai, was arrested for raping a 20-year-old woman. The woman, an orphan, was staying in a shelter on the church premises. Police are inquiring into the probability of the pastor sexually abusing the children staying in the orphanage.
Police said inquiries had revealed that the pastor, Sadhu Immanuel, had sexually assaulted another 22-year-old woman staying in the same shelter and had taken her to a private hospital in Red Hills for abortion six months ago. “Whenever his family was away, Immanuel used to ask the girls to clean his house and then sexually assault them. He used to do this inside the church too. We have rescued eight girls and two boys from the home,” Tiruvallur superintendent of police MC Sarangan told TOI.
Immanuel has been running the Satyam Charitable Trust and a church at Vellur village for the past 25 years.
The crime came to light when Radhika (name changed), who left eight years ago after being abused, returned to the orphanage, where the inmates narrated their tales of horror. Even after leaving the orphanage, Radhika used to make regular visits to distribute food to the inmates. During her latest visit, two girls told her that Immanuel was abusing them for the past two years.
Radhika alerted an NGO, Just Trust, and approached a bi-weekly magazine, which did a sting operation. Following this, the district collector ordered an inspection of the home.
Chennai: Ponneri tahsildar S Mallika and district social welfare officer K Ruthmary visited the orphanage, run by pastor Sadhu Immanuel near Minjur, and found that it was not authorised. They sealed the home and rescued the children. The orphans were shifted to a government home in Tiruvallur. “After producing them before the magistrate, we will send them for medical examination,” a police officer said.
The orphanage is located on a 50-cent plot in Vellur village, with two houses and a church. While the orphans were put up in one house, Immanuel lived in the other with his wife, Arul Mary, two daughters and a son. Another daughter is married and lives elsewhere.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that Immanuel forcibly took one of the girls to the church at night; if the girl resisted, he beat her up. “We have information that Immanuel took one of the inmates to a private hospital to terminate her pregnancy. The woman attempted suicide by immolating herself six months ago,” said G Jebaraj of Just Trust.
A police officer said the pastor ill-treated the orphans in other ways too. “He used to take the children to ICF and other parts of the city for begging during festivals. Some orphans are studying in a school in Vellur,” he said.
Immanuel has been remanded in judicial custody.
By his immoral activities Immanuel has brought a shameful name to his religion and Jesus will never pardon him for his unmerciful behaviour.