Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pastor from India arrested for harassing his wife

CHENNAI: A former pastor of a church in Vyasarpadi was arrested on Friday on charges of harassing his wife. The man's father and brother were also arrested and the three were remanded in judicial custody.

Police said A Antony Joseph married Mary, 21, a nurse, two weeks ago after she lodged a police complaint that the pastor had raped her. Last year, Mary visited Joseph's house in Sastri Nagar, Vyasarpadi to take care of his ailing mother. She visited his house a few times later and the two became intimate.

According to Mary, she was pregnant once and aborted the baby at a private hospital in Vyasarpadi with the help of Joseph. Mary claimed in her complaint that she agreed to the abortion only after Joseph promised to marry her. But he dodged her later.

Mary approached the assistant commissioner of police, MKB Nagar, Govi Manoharan and lodged a complaint against Joseph. Her complaint was forwarded to the all women police station in MKB Nagar. Meanwhile, the church where Joseph was a pastor stripped him of the post. Joseph then promised to marry Mary with the permission of his family members.

After the marriage, Mary sought police help saying she was apparently harassed by her husband, father-in-law Augustin and brother-in-law Henry Marcus.

Police called Joseph up for questioning. During the inquiry, police confirmed that she was harassed by her husband and his family.

Following this, MKB Nagar police registered a case and arrested Joseph, his brother and father and slapped charges of harassing a woman against them.

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