Babas in white robes: ‘God’ men and their misdeeds

This article takes a dispassionate look at the so called Godmen across religious backgrounds, the evil they indulge in and the kind of leeway given to them by civil society.

The controversy and violence surrounding the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda religious movement has raised questions about the nature of Indic faith leaders and the gullibility of their flock. Gurmeet Singh’s actions are by no means acceptable in any civilized society and are wholly condemnable.

But, in this uproar, we must take a dispassionate look at the so called Godmen across religious backgrounds, the evil they indulge in and the kind of leeway given to them by civil society.

Certain sections of the mainstream media would have the general public believe that such criminality is unique only to Hindu/Sikh/Jain religious leaders. In fact, the term ‘Godmen’ is almost exclusively used for Hindu religious leaders and Gurus in India, though such a term has no resonance to anything in Hindu tradition. Crimes by Hindu Godmen are played up in media and given extra-ordinary focus.

However, one finds that Godmen of various Christian denominations are frequently arrested on charges of sexual misconduct and often convicted. But, they mostly do not make it into mainstream media. At best, a routine report is filed by the reporter or stringer on the local beat. After that, the report is given a quiet burial. This never makes to Breaking News even in most regional TV channels and, as such, hardly occupies any mind space in public consciousness.

Despite this censorship, scores of crimes committed by Christian Godmen have made it into some corner of mainstream media publications.

In this report, we have compiled these incidents, which have appeared in the mainstream media itself in the recent years, which, though is only a tip of the iceberg, can still bring to focus the enormity of crimes, which have been either suppressed, ignored or downplayed in the media.

Fifty odd instances of sexual misconduct have been attributed to Indian or Indian-origin clergy in just the last 10 years.  Many of the allegations relate to abuse of minors.

Some of our findings are:

  • 25 odd instances (more than 50%) were reported in the last 18 months as of writing this report.
  • 7 of these instances ended in conviction, though initial offence had been committed many years before.
  • 30 of these instances were reported about Godmen in Tamil Nadu and Kerala alone.
  • The overwhelming majority of Christian clergy arrested for sex abuse of minors hailed from Tamil Nadu or Kerala, even though the crimes were committed elsewhere.
  • Here are a few examples where the Church, Government authorities and press have acted to shield the sex offender.
    • The former Governor of Goa, SC Jamir is known to have intervened in getting a case against Fr Newton Rodrigues dismissed. Fr Rodrigues is accused of molesting a 13-yr-old.
    • The Ooty Diocese revoked suspension against Rev Jayapaul, convicted of sexual assault on two 14-year-old girls in the United States.
    • Sam Aaron, pastor in Shekinah Assembly of God, Namakkal, was out on bail even after facing charges of sexual assault within a short while.
    • In the case of a senior Church functionary, Bishop Karkare, no follow-up reports have been made in a case where he was accused of rape.
    • At a children’s home in Amboli, unnamed staff that were accused of physical and mental intimidation of juvenile inmates were shifted to another shelter. Authorities from the Maharashtra State Women and Children’s Welfare department claim that this action is sufficient
    • One well-publicized case was that of Father Arockiaraj, accused of sexually abusing and murdering a 17-year-old. Here, the Catholic Church had not reported the matter to the police, even when aware of the matter.

These, and various other cases, beg a few important questions:

  1. Why are these not a cause célèbre among Indian media people yet?
  2. Why are the various Church denominations, Catholic, Assemblies of God not included in litigation? Why should the organizations not be penalized for acts of omission and commission on the part of their functionaries?
  3. Why should not Church properties be also attached by the Indian State, as was done in the case of Dera Sacha Sauda?
  4. Since most organizations to which the alleged/convicted perpetrators belonged are FCRA-NGOs, should not the FCRA Wing of Home Ministry take cognizance of these crimes and alert the foreign donors of these misdeeds?

This table below summarizes each case, with links to media stories.

Name Organization Location State Date/Year Case Status Media stories
Pastor Raja David Mother Theresa Orphanage Pattukottai TN July 2016 Arrested 1,2,3
Pastor Millan Singh Ukkirankottai TN October 2016 Arrested 1, 2, 3, 4
Fr Stephen Joseph Little Angel Children’s Home, Vision of Life Trust Mookkuperi, Thoothukudi TN Dec 2016 Convicted 1,2,3
Raju Kokken Saint Paul’s Church Thaikkattussery, Thrissur KL May 2014 Arrested 1
Hunny Parali, Palakkad KL Arrested 1
Sajan Mathai Israel Pentecost Church, Punchavayal Ranni, Pathanamthitta KL May 2014 Arrested 1, 2,3
Edwin Figarez Kottappauram Catholic diocese Ernakulam KL Dec 2016 Convicted 1,2,3
Father Arockiaraj St Stanislaus Church, Walayar Palakkad KL Aug 2016 Arrested 1,2,3
John Philipose Balagram Bala Mandiram run by Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Valayanchirangara KL Feb 2016 Arrested 1,2,3
Unknown Banjara Gypsy Home Puducherry PY Jan 2017 No FIR 1,2
Fr. Jose Pallimattom Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle Was deported from Florida for crimes there. During trial, US MSM reported that he abused in India as well. No FIR in India, to our knowledge. 1,2,3,4,5,6
Premsingh Masih, Anjana Masih SC/ST Hostel Bagli, Indore MP 1,2
Fr. Robin alias Mathew Vadakkancheril Vicar, St Sebastian’s Church & Manager, IJM Higher Secondary School Kottiyoor KL Feb 2017 Arrested 1,2,3,4
Unknown Tuition Centre, Run by Religious Preacher Pudukkadai, Kanyakumari TN 1,2
Naomi & Ruben Ruby Home Uppal, Hyderabad TS Mar 2017 Case booked 1,2,3
Sijo George Coordinator, Kerala Catholic Youth Movement, Mananthavady Diocese Wayanad KL Mar 2017 Arrested 1,2,3,4,5,6
Fr. Thomas Parackal The Society Of St. Eugene Demazenod, Punalur Diocese, Vicar of Moozikode St Mary’s Church and Pullamala Holy Cross Church Punalur KL Mar 2017 Arrested 1,2,3,4,5,6
Pastor Rajesh Nedumangadu Church Nedumangadu KL May 2017 Arrested 1
Bro. Sunith Kumar Save a Child Orphanage Malkajgiri, Hyderabad TS Arrested 1,2,3
Fr. Saji Joseph St. Vincent’s BalaNagar orphanage, Eparchy of Mananthavady Meenangadi KL July 2017 Arrested 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Fr Lawrence Johnson Christ the King Church, Govandi Mumbai MH Dec 2015 Arrested 1,2,3,4
Prabhakar Prema Nilayam Orphanage Siddipet TS Aug 2017 Arrested 1,2,3
Rev. Simon Palathingal United States Sep 2004 Convicted 1
Father Newton Rodrigues Ribandar GA Oct 2010 Closed 1,2,3
Pastor Sanil James Salvation Army Church, Peechi Peechi KL May 2017 Convicted 1
Pastor K. Shantharaju Bethel Student Centre Bangalore KA June 2011 Arrested 1,2
Fr. Jonathan Robinson Grail Trust Valliyoor TN 2011 Trial 1,2
Fr. Arockiaraj RC Diocese, Coimbatore Palakkad TN-KL Aug 2016 Arrested 1
Warden Jeyaraj Christian Evangelical Lutheran Ministries St. Marks Children’s Home, Guntur AP 2014 Arrested 1,2,3
Pastor Packianathan & Suresh Kumar Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church Pollachi TN June 2014 Arrested 1,2,3,4,5,6
Pastor Dasi Ajay Babu Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church Guntur AP 2011 Arrested 1,2,3,4
Jeyapaul Joseph Palanivel Ooty Diocese United States 2015 Convicted 1,2,3
Pastor Sam Aaron Shekinah Assembly Namakkal TN Mar 2016 Arrested 1,2,3,4
Pastor Surendra Mohan Belukurichi Church Rasipuram TN Dec 2016 Arrested 1,2,3
Fr. David Johnson Roorkee UK Mar 2014 Arrested 1
Pastor David Inbaraj Chennai TN Nov 2014 Convicted 1
Fr. David Gnaniah Church of South India Sawyerpuram, Tuticorin TN Nov 2015 Case filed 1
Sr. Jesse Apostolic Christian Mission Erukkanchery, Chennai TN Nov 2015 Case filed 1
Pastor Aruldas Nilgiris TN Aug 2015 Arrested 1
Bishop Karkare Hyderabad Episcopal Area of the Methodist Church in India Latur TS Jun 2015 Case filed 1
Fr. F. Arockiam Madras Archdiocese Tiruvotriyur School Correspondent, Chennai TN Aug 2017 Case filed 1,2
Various St. Catherine’s Home Amboli, Mumbai MH 2016-2017 No FIR 1
Pastor Mallishetti James Brahmaputra Orphanage Gachibowli, Hyderabad TS Aug 2016 Arrested 1,2,3
Pastor Jacob John Grace Fellowship Jaipur RJ 2013-2014 Arrested 1,2
Fr. Edwin Figarez Kottapuram RC Diocese Puthenvellikara KL Apr 2015 Sentenced 1,2,3
Pastor K Shymon P Paul Gospel in Action Fellowship Gudalur TN/KL Apr 2015 Arrested 1
Pastor Chode Suresh Independent Ministry Eluru AP Apr 2016 Arrested 1,2
Pastor Samuel Pagi and Satish Pagi Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission Pune MH May 2013 Arrested 1,2
Fr. Basil Kuriakose Kings David Intl. school Kochi KL Jan 2017 Arrested 1,2
Pastor Prabhu
Das
Vallamai Tharayo Childrens Home Chennai TN Sep 2015 Arrested 1,2,3
Rev. Sadhu Immanuel Sahityam Charitable Trust Tiruvalloor TN May 2012 Arrested 1

We thank @by2kaafi and @zeneraalstuff for collecting and compiling data used in this report.

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  • VIVEK N SHARMA Sharma

    It is high time that either Republic TV or Zee TV show these reports on PrimeTime… To expect the same from other channels is same as expecting Pakistan to acknowledge terror attacks on India..

  • kumar

    Excellent Compilation. Please publish this report about both christianity and Islam so that the hindus can be made aware of the wrong doings of “God Men” from other religion.

  • Ravi

    It is essential that in the light of biased reporting and accusation of only Indian religions as against Abrahamic, a site which should compile and tabulate such cases as done in instances of terror be started. If your daily takes up this scheme it would go a long way in telling the truth and nothing but the truth.

  • Aditya Waghmare

    Excellent research, especially the table that you have provided. Arnab should take up this issue also instead of blaming only Hindu gurus

  • Sadanand Bhat

    Excellent work. WOW 39 incidents in the past 3 years the padres are having heaven on earth.
    Thanks for the hard work and listing the gori deeds of the Indian white clergy

  • rachna

    few years ago, sex scandals of churches had rocked entire western world, but not a single line in Indian media. This silence itself shows clear bias to please their foreign aakas.

  • Prasad

    Thanks for the information. The name of the church “gospel in action” brought a smile to my face when I thought about what was the “action” that the pastor had in his mind…

  • For the longest time, I have been highlighting the crimes of the Christian clergy – crimes which fly undetected past the radar of the commie-church lobby who control the media. Every Christian orphanage in India is a hotbed of pedophilia. Every nunnery is a hotbed of perversion – facts that have been covered very ably by former nun, Jeshme in her book, “Amen”. Murder, sexual perversion, corruption, staging of poverty and staging of Hindus as devil-worshipers to attract foreign Church money, personal aggrandization and enrichment by dipping into donor money, hit-jobs on Hindu leaders, looting and raiding of Hindu temple money via their minions in political offices, growing their business-empire a.k.a “tithe-base” by pervasive lies a.k.a. “conversion” – the Church is guilty of all of these crimes and more. And who is the Church – surely not the building – it is the Christian sheep who feed this monster. Unless these crimes are highlighted and the entire Church tamed, punished, controlled by a secular board and taxed, India’s future is doomed.

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    Christianity and Islam are cohorts of the British who formulated the rules and Constitution of the Indian Republic to exterminate natives. The colour of India’s Neta-Babu-Cop-Milard-Presstitute-Cronies’ skin changed in 1947. Nothing else changed.

    How do you assume that Ram Rahim is a rapist? Just because a High Court Judge so ruled? You will next claim that P.J.Kurien, Deputy Speaker of the Rajya Sabha is innocent of rape because a Kerala Judge so ruled. I well remember the continuous foul tirade carried on against Kanchi Shankaracharya, or more recently the Ramachandrapur Seer. Judges and journalists have more in common than the “J”. Such as freedom from accountability, ignorance of facts, and indoctrinated prejudices.

    Rape is a common enough accusation leveled at powerful and principled men. It was particularly common in the North and East of India and has now spread to the South and West under Islamic and Christian encouragement to bring down the competition.

    As for India’s judiciary, they have been enabled to be unaccountable to notions of law, equity and fair play by the executive and superior courts through social engineering appointments and immunity from impeachment among other things and by the Constitution that has enshrined exceptions to both the Rule of Law and Equality. Apart from eroding competence and integrity, the resultant culture has bred insouciance and arbitrariness of a very high order. The deleterious effect of this on the National character has been as extreme as the corrosion of education for political convenience. Today the Courts are defenders of the four important principles of any Banana Republic, “Just because you did it does not mean you are criminal”, “Just because the statute book says so, does not make your actions a crime”, “Evidence lies in the perception of the judge”, and “Just because you did not do it, does not mean you are innocent”.

    The PANGOLIN* condemned India to perpetual civil war in 1945 and rule by Constitutionally Certified Congenitally backward since 1949.
    Does anybody who has seen the inside of an Indian Court have faith in the judiciary, police or legal system?
    Rape? If Ram Raheem committed a crime it is the heinous one of not being a Moslem or a Khangress Member of the Rajya Sabha and obstructing the conversion of Dalits to alien faiths.
    Have you heard of attaching the property of Moslem, Xian, Communist or other class of society? Or, punishment by ‘class” like Nazis or the British? The Punjab and Haryana High Court has done so. Should we not first attach every Moslem (Waqf) property, mosque and madrassa for the havoc carried out in so many riots since 1947?

    Ram Rahim is not a KhangressWalla like P J Kurien or a Khangress ally like Sashikala. Not even a Moslem, Xian or Dalit. I got that.

    *Note: PANGOLIN: An enemy of India who believes in inequality under law, exceptions to the rule of law and persecution of some for the benefit of others. At present, the sole purpose of the Indian Republic, Constitutional or otherwise, is to pamper and provide for certain constitutionally preferred sections of society who the British found useful to hold and exploit India at the cost of those who the British hated and persecuted. The Pangolin is a creature that is unique to India and feeds on ants that are known in nature to be industrious and hard working if not quite as fruitful as bees who flee to better climes. (PANGOLIN is an acronym for the Periyar-Ambedkar-Nehru-Gandhi-Other (alien) Religions-Communist Consensus that usurped the British Mantle and has worn it with elan to loot, plunder, and rape India since 1921 and re write History and laws to their exclusive benefit since 1947)

    • Jay Zaim

      Wow. More pl.

      • SuchindranathAiyer

        There is a major defamation and evidence fabrication campaign against Native Dharmic leaders by forces of alien religions. Aasaram Baapu for example who has committed the cardinal sin of obstructing the conversion of Dalits to alien faiths as has Ram Rahim. The list is endless. Remember Nityananda? There was also an attempt against Ravishankar. Puttaparthi was under constant attack.

        • manking

          There are black sheeps in every religion but that does not mean the problem lies in the religion. Dalits and other poor people were exploited by upper caste hindus for generations and when they found succor to their plight in Christianity they got converted rather than accepting what upper caste hindus forced them to believe that their current suffering is because of their sins in past life. Many lower cast people find hinduism sucks and got converted for money whats wrong in that. People switch jobs, political parties for better future and monetary gains. Does hindu GOD need more number of people for its survival or hindu bhakts want more people to be called hindu for their own survival??? A true christian is one who converts from his “heart” not from outside. This conversion is turning away from all sins and following Christ.

          • SuchindranathAiyer

            The whole objective of the dark side from the Middle East such as Islam and Xianity is to make other faiths look bad so that they can prosper from this. Since they cannot truthfully find defects, they invent them. Fabricate myths and “evidence”. Such is the way of the evil forces.

            The Jews were turned into whipping boys of the Roman Empire by the creator of Christianity, Titus Flavius, Emperor of Rome. Thereafter, the Ottomans, Czars of Russia, and the Nazis found them useful to distract public anger that would otherwise have been directed against the tyrants of the State. This is precisely what the British did with the Brahmins in India. All people need something to hate, to fix as “evil” and all states seek and promote an alternative “evil” to their tyranny. Preferably a people who are non violent, powerless and helpless

            Outside of the “Church”, we, the Illuminati, have always known that Titus Flavius brought about the first schism between the Gnostics and the literati to pacify the Jews and create a Christianity, via the Literati, that would be an instrument of the Roman Empire. There never was a Jesus. There was a heretic Rabbi called Jehoshua who was crucified and was followed by the believers (“gnostics”). Titus Flavius, Emperor of Rome created the Literati who drew on the legend of Jehoshua to invent a Christianity around the myth of Jesus to pacify the rebellious Jews. Paul embraced the temptations of Satan repudiated by Jehoshua and turned Christianity into an Empire. Constantine Charlemagne James and others formed Councils that cherry picked gospels suitable for the purpose and discarded the rest. This is why present day Christians cannot perform the miracles attributed to Jesus’ original disciples despite claiming to be following in Jesus’ footsteps. We also know that Christianity not only failed Jesus, but also failed Satan as it got corrupted by various human virtues such as mercy, compassion, and love. This is why Satan set Christianity aside, possessed Mahomet and founded Islam:

            Ashoka did the same thing and twisted Budhism (which was a proselytizing and modified Brahmanism) to his Imperial advantage, tyranny and self glorification. The backlash all but wiped out Budhism and the Black Chakra of Ashoka’s writ in India while Budhism prospered elsewhere in China, Japan, Tibet and so on under the benign Saffron Swasthika of the Aryan Constitution.

            Uthman (3rd Khalifa) had ordered burning of all copies of Quran except his version. Abdullah Ibn Masud (person Mohammad recommended to learn Quran from) Rejected Uthman’s version and asked the people of Iraq to hide the real Quran from Uthman. The Original Quran was hidden somewhere in Iraq or Syria, destroying which is the target of descendants of Uthman and Abu Bakr, this is the reason why they are attacking the museums in Iraq & Syria. Todays muslims have a choice – to continue following Uthman’s Quran; OR to find the original Quran, follow it, and become the protected “one sect” Mohammad talked about.

            This is rather like William Hunter of the William Hunter Commission created by the British that picked up fragments of the Manu Smrithi, Vedas and so on from Max Mueller and others and twisted them and published their own perverted versions as a central pillar of their effort to create a “Hinduism” to replace the People of Dharma by eradicating Brahmanism, and the talking, walking Libraries of Aryan History, Law, Traditions and so on, The Brahmins.

            Post 1857, the British took a page from Titus Flavius to create a “Hindu” lumpen in the vacuum comprising all who were not the Deen e Kitabi with Sgt Khilafart Gandhi, MBE, leading the charge to emasculate the natives and lobotomize the People of Dharma. They were able to purchase natives to this cause with money, honour, jealousy, imaginary resentment or the sheer confusion they created through the eradication of the traditional, hereditary, law and education giving priesthood. Gandhi or Ambedkar, like any post 1857 “God Man,” such as Raja Ram Mohun Roy or Vivekananda is the “Hindoo” that the British helped create to emasculate the People of Dharma and present a “Hindooism” acceptable to the British..

            Sufism is a similar confection that attempted to disarm pockets of resistance that could not be overcome with violence through a form of “bribery”. It began with the need to motivate the enslaved architects, masons, artists, musicians and others to remain creative and productive though enslaved under the iron heel of Moslem tyranny.

            The British began the eradication of Brahmins and Brahmanism post 1857. Part of the project was to create a tame Hinduism that went by the Book as trans created and approved by the British. The William Hunter Commission was entrusted with this project of creating a :”Hinduism” that would include all those who were not Deen e Kitabi as the “Hindu” lumpen independent of Brahmins and dependent on British made books

          • govindas999

            Religion means to re-join God[ligare=join] Who is God? He is not a light or sound…He is a person,the most fascinating person,and spiritual,not material,capable of unlimited wonderful acts or lilas. People should not worship ordinary men/women,who are unable to be like /god.Krishna is Supreme God!

          • Cybil Peril

            Church bhakta….lol… In US, Catholic Church/Pope is d most hated organs. Y???

  • Amazing research. Absolutely top class and very timely.