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Not arrested in POCSO case, Bengaluru Bishop PK Samuel now accused in Dalit woman molestation case

Bengaluru: While the Catholic Church is still reeling under shame brought to the Christian community by Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Archdiocese of Jalandhar who was accused of repeated rape by a 44-year old nun of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation; now, Bengaluru Bishop PK Samuel has been accused of outraging the modesty of a Dalit woman and Bengaluru police have registered an FIR.

Bishop PK Samuel is from the Church of South India, Karnataka Central Diocese and an FIR has been filed against the Bishop and Pastor Vinod Dasan on accusations of molestations and threats.

Bishop PK Samuel has been booked under Sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), 504, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Pastor Vinod Dasan has been booked for criminal intimidation.

The Dalit women attempted to commit suicide because of the constant threats and harassment post the molestation incident.

Interestingly, Bishop PK Samuel is also an accused in a POCSO case for which the court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him in April 2018. However, no arrest has been made so far.

Mentioned in the complaint are the following facts, Pastor Dasan asked the woman to withdraw a case against him in 2013 which, the police said, was registered for atrocities against members of the SC/ST community. 

Pastor Dasan coerced her and her husband to come near the Trinity Church in Halasuru on January 21. While the woman’s husband was busy talking to the pastor, the bishop allegedly took her outside the compound, promised her Rs 1 crore and a job to withdraw the case. 

When she refused, he outraged her modesty and threatened to kill her if she told this to her husband, she told the police in her complaint. On January 31 around 1am, the woman allegedly attempted suicide by consuming pesticide.

The case registered in Ulsoor police station limits is being investigated, said a police officer. 

Bishop PK Samuel has reached out to certain sections of the media claiming innocence and mooting the often used story in clergy related abuse cases of false charges.

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