AUGUST 28, 2017
Rape and sexual abuse of nuns (and girls and boys) by Indian priests 15
THE RAPIST: FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC, DIRECTOR, DIVINE RETREAT ASHRAM/CENTRE, FARIDABAD, HARYANA
Some evidence against the criminal priest and his associates
This file is the 15th in the series on the Vincentian rapist-priest who is still at loose despite his entire Congregation being aware of his serial molestation of young girls spanning several years.
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 01 (General)
MARCH 2015/24, 26 OCTOBER 2016/24 JANUARY/28 FEBRUARY/4 MARCH 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 02 (General continued)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 03 (FR. ROBIN VADAKKUNCHERIL)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 04 (CORRESPONDENCE RELATED TO RAPE COMMITTED BY FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 05 (PROFILE OF FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY, THE ABSCONDING RAPIST PRIEST HIDING IN ROME)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 06
(FINAL NOTIFICATION TO THE INDIAN CHURCH) 10 JULY 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 07 (INTIMIDATION AND BLACKMAIL OF RAPE SURVIVOR BY FR JOHN PUTHANPURACKAL VC) 10 JULY 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 08
(RELUCTANCE TO COOPERATE IN EXPOSING RAPE BY PRIESTS AND ACTIVE HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE SEMINARIES) 10 JULY 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 09 (PROPOSED RETREAT BY RAPIST-PRIEST FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC AT ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, SHARJAH, SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2017) 2 AUGUST 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 10 (RETREAT BY FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC AT ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, SHARJAH, CANCELLED) 3 AUGUST 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 11 (FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC IN HIDING IN ROME CONTINUES TO CONDUCT RETREATS OVERSEAS WITH SUPPORT FROM HIS CONGREGATION) 8 AUGUST 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 12 (COMPLAINT AGAINST RAPIST FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC LODGED WITH NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WOMEN) 20 AUGUST 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 13 (BANGALORE MEETING WITH VINCENTIAN PRIESTS AND CHURCH REPRESENTATIVE IN FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC CASE) 20 AUGUST 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 14 (FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC IN HIDING IN ROME CONTINUES TO CONDUCT RETREATS OVERSEAS WITH SUPPORT FROM HIS CONGREGATION – 02) 27 AUGUST 2017
Information (edited) received in March 2017 from a friend of one of the rape survivors who introduced them to us with a request to take up their case with the Church authorities:
Pontius Pilate was not against Jesus; HE WAS SILENT.
Fr Joby Kachappilly had been sexually molesting a young girl (X) serving under him in ministry in Divine Retreat Ashram, Faridabad
…That girl (X) tried getting through to the Provincial of the Vincentian Congregation but the whole thing was just washed aside. Now, this priest also sexually molested another girl (Y) and that girl has recorded him and kept his emails and the record of the hotel which he took her to and molested her under the pretext of her showing him around the city and a place where he could stay. At the hotel, he … raped her!!
There have also been a lot of other women who have complained about him and his behavior and many who complained about him sleeping around with others too.
The priest asked the second girl (Y) to come on Skype in the name of working on his music album. In the middle of the discussion he flashed his penis onto the laptop screen. She was shocked and immediately disconnected.
Anyway, he is now transferred but the first girl wants to press charges against him but doesn’t know what to do and whom to contact. I told her that if no one listens to her, go to the bishop and then to the Vatican if needed. She is scared for her life since that priest has been tracking her and the other rape survivor down wherever they go.
I told her that I will be speaking to you since I know you and since you are full-time into ministry. She has however asked me to withhold her name, identity, and the name, place and congregation of that priest till something is there to proceed with … But since you are one there in the midst of the battle, I was wondering if you would know how to proceed with something like this. Who should she write to? And who does she need to contact?
Excerpts from the detailed report and correspondence with survivor X:
So he would Skype Y on the pretext of some album work. Once while they were on Skype he said, “… I am very lonely… I have nobody… Nobody loves me…. My whole Congregation is against me… Can you show me your breasts? I will show you my penis…” And suddenly he flashed his penis onto the screen. Y immediately shut down and fled away in horror and disgust. She then deleted it from Skype… However, she thought it was just his moment of weakness…
The Skype incident took place when he was in Canada and Y in Delhi. Due to the 10 hour (approximate) time difference, she would sit up early in the morning… The video chat was under pretext of working on his “next” music album. He would keep calling us. And when we would fail to answer the call, he would get furious. He was acting like a saint the whole time… nobody would ever suspect there was anything more to his “noble work”. So it would be night in India and day in Canada. He would also tell Y to keep his phone calls and video calls confidential, like “Don’t tell X”. So I, honestly, didn’t know what was going on. This was definitely after she had gone to Canada because I can remember her taking names and talking about the music ministry there. Should be between November 2014 (after he moved to Canada) and June 2015 when she moved to Bangalore.
Fr Joby Kachappilly served as Director in Toronto from October 2014 to around August 2016. All through his
tenure, there were complaints surfacing as Y and a nun themselves first-hand came to know of them while they were in Canada. The December 2015 rape incident occurred in the middle of all that, while he had come to India on vacation.
Fr. Joby Kachappilly VC
in December, 2015. That was a single incident which took place in Bangalore, one year after he was transferred to Canada and 6 months after we quit ministry in Delhi and moved to Bangalore.
Despite several attempts from him to contact, stalk and get in touch with Y (in order to ensure she remains silent), in the name of “Outreach Ministry” and “overseas trips”, she never replied or met him after that. During her 3 years at Divine, although there were several attempts made like excessive “pure holy touching” as he would call it, excessive hugging, invading a woman’s personal boundary, rubbing his crotch against her while standing too close (she was so shocked, she thought she was imagining!) And many of his brainwash strategies and deceptive “games” to keep his victims trapped, as mentioned in my detailed report, along with several other instances, which made sense to her only after the rape incident.
HE RAPED HER!!! That is, he forcibly penetrated his penis into her vagina but did not ejaculate in her. Instead he held it, went to the bathroom, ejaculated there and flushed it. He gives talk on sex during retreats, so he has thoroughly researched it and knows what to do and what not to do.
Y has still not recovered from the trauma. She frequently gets nightmares of him, refuses to sleep with lights off.
October 2011: X and Y join ministry at Divine Retreat Ashram, Faridabad.
Trip 1 to Canada
Fr Joby takes Y and a nun named Sr. M to Canada for outreach ministry. He wants to take me as well. But knowing his perverted intentions towards me (I CANNOT imagine he is eyeing Y as well. Had I known it, I would have NEVER allowed her to go. So this is another reason I keep silent, because then I thought he was making sexual advances only at me), I show disinterest towards the proceedings.
Then after immense pressure from him, I begin my paper work for the passport and visa, while desperately praying it does not work out. By the Grace of God, my VISA gets disapproved. He knows very well that I do not want to go to Canada with him. As he later confronted me on several occasions saying, “Only you could have said a no to me. Nobody else would have said a no to me. Only I would have taken you to Canada. Nobody else will take you…” However, he spreads the word behind my back in the ministry, “Oh you know I am not taking X to Canada…she will feel bad now and will be angry with me…” This I came to know much later. However, it was already too late.
March 2014: Trip 2 to Canada
Y goes again to Canada for ministry with Fr. Joby at Divine Retreat Centre, Toronto.
October 2014: Fr Joby moves to Canada, where he is appointed the Director
June 2015: We quit ministry and finally move to Bangalore
Despite my desperate attempts to quit ministry and move to Bangalore starting from 2014, when I complete my Under-Graduate studies, it is only in 2015 that everything eventually works out and the plan materializes. Meanwhile, y completes her studies in June 2014.
Fr Joby comes to Kerala, India for vacation. He knows from his “spies” I’ll be in Delhi for a month. Knowing Y would be alone in Bangalore, he takes advantage of the situation and comes to Bangalore. HE RAPES HER!!!
September 2016: Fr Joby is sent back to India on an “Urgent Punishment Transfer” as I later come to know from VC priests. He desperately tries to contact me and Y using several anonymous numbers, to ensure me and Y remain ABSOULTELY IGNORANT and UNAWARE of what has happened to each other.
December 2016: Following a heated argument between us, Y breaks down and confesses to me about the rape incident. The very next day, I inform the matter to Fr Vimal who later agrees to give a formal complaint to the Provincial, Fr Paul Puthuva. Meanwhile, he speaks to his VC batch-mates who tell him tales of “Fr Joby, the FRAUD…” They give him the Provincial’s contact number.
4th January 2017: Fr Vimal informs the matter to the Provincial, Fr Paul Puthuva on phone.
I NEVER imagined a man of his stature (appointed Director by his congregation) would indulge in that extent of deception, WITHOUT A SINGLE OUNCE OF REMORSE!!! But looking back now, I realise that what struck me most and held me in doubt for the longest period of time was the SHOCK to see continued visible manifestations of gifts and charisms in his ministry, even after all that dirty side business he was indulging in!!! He seemed to have gift of tongues, gift of healing, etc. etc. etc… THIS WAS WHAT SILENCED HIS CRITICS!!! Yes, he was putting on an act and performance that we could see… but Y and even I were angry at GOD because it seemed like God was with him… or so he projected. He considered himself to be David in the Old Testament who was forever entitled to the forgiveness of God. So he manipulated God’s mercy and forgiveness, tested God’s patience. Y told me much later that he had in fact “learnt” his Gift of tongues… And this is what made me doubt the whole time, the reality of my situation, just like so many people who were staunchly against him!
He would sexually touch me INSIDE THE CHAPEL BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT when nobody was in there. He would say, “I AM DOING THIS ALL IN THE NAME OF PURE DIVINE LOVE”. The first time he hugged me, embraced me was before Y, to show it was normal. He was playing with our sense of reality. From there on he started embracing more and more often. Then gradually rubbing his crotch on me…banging himself on me… my mind was so deceived and my reality was so shaken by then, I couldn’t understand what was happening. It was a traumatizing period for me and then I began to get extremely suicidal.
I have confronted him several times in the past. In the end, he acts & plays it so well; those times then, I was then made to feel as if I’m doubting an innocent man. That’s the extent he can go up to, all without an ounce of remorse! Example, “I forgive you in the name of Jesus, for wounding me with your venomous tongue even after all that I’ve done for you.”
With me, he made sexual advances several times in Faridabad. Cannot count. The last I saw him was in October 2014, when he was leaving for Canada. I have NEVER met him after that, although he was trying his level best to get in touch with me and Y.
I was 20 … when he started breaking boundaries, making advances and getting touchy. That is how it progressed. Circumstances made it IMPOSSIBLE to escape that cycle of abuse. Y was 21yrs old when it happened to her in December 2015.
I recently turned 24 years old. Y is 23 years old (this month).
This is the bus ticket that Fr. Joby Kachappilly VC asked Y to book for him and he told her not to tell anyone in Bangalore that he was coming. That was when he took her to a hotel and used her.
10/12 months after raping Y, Fr. Joby’s messages to her:
Sent to me by X:
The following screenshot dates back to 15 January, 2017. This was the time I tried to subtly hint the matter to Fr Joseph Elavuthingal VC. If his response was not brushing aside the topic, then what is it? This was the very last time I responded to him:
Sent to me by X, giving proof that the Vincentians knew the entire background of the matter:
Subject: Fr John called up Y today. At noon. Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:12:41 +0530
Fr John Puthenpurackal called up Y about an hour ago. Y picked up the call as it was from an unknown number. When she realised it was him, she said she’s busy and will speak later. What to do?
Fr John Puthenpurackal’s WhatsApp messages dated 11th March, 30th March, 6th April, and 29th April:
See RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 07 (INTIMIDATION AND BLACKMAIL OF RAPE SURVIVOR BY FR JOHN PUTHANPURACKAL VC) 10 JULY 2017
Screenshots of the Warning sent by X to Fr Joby on WhatsApp, December 26, 2016 soon after she learnt from Y that Y had been raped by the priest in Bangalore a year earlier:
We are in possession of more WhatsApp messages to survivor X from Vincentian priests that provide additional evidence that they knew in their hearts that she had been repeatedly sexually molested and that Y was raped by Fr. Joby Kachappilly and that the priest was a serial predator of women.
There are also the pages and pages of information provided to this ministry by X giving details of the sexual molestation that she was subjected to. Much of it makes very disturbing reading. For example:
His forced sexual activity with me, AGAINST MY WILL, happened 3 years ago
and he did not seem to know how to penetrate then. By the time he abused Y, he knew what to do. He probably got that experience from Canada.
In the initial days of ministry, when he would make advances at me and touch me,
I would shriek aloud. It has happened in public too SEVERAL TIMES, much to his embarrassment. So he would make me feel guilty about it and say, “YOU MUST GET USED TO IT, TO COPE UP LATER IN LIFE”. So then he would touch me more & more frequently under the pretext of curing me & healing me of my ‘supposedly getting used to this later’!! What I did not know then was that that was his starting point of getting access to me. From there on he kept taking advantage of me, more and more.
In Divine, I had to work directly under him, as I was in the music ministry. So he would use his power and authority to keep me near him. He would put his hand inside my dress
and sexually touch me EVERYWHERE!!!! And he would sexually touch me INSIDE THE CHAPEL BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT when nobody was in there, and he would say, “I AM DOING THIS ALL IN THE NAME OF PURE DIVINE LOVE”.
The first time he sexually touched me, I froze in shock and I just began weeping. I went up to my room and just wept and wept continuously, but I had nowhere to go and nowhere to run and absolutely no one to tell. What was I to do?? I then went and confronted him and he didn’t deny it, but he began justifying his actions!! He then began playing his brainwash mind games with me, that in the end it felt like I was the one who was wrong.
He’s been banging women in Canada too, got reported, and in one and a half year of his “outwardly” excellent ministry got an urgent “transfer”; he was sent back to India in October 2016. He is now sent to Rome for higher studies. His congregation knows his antics, but he’s been sleeping around so much, he’s addicted to it. They’re protecting him to save their name. Many are involved and many are trapped. I finally threatened him and now my life is in deep danger. He can do anything. He keeps tracking me everywhere and keeps asking common contacts of my whereabouts.
The Bangalore hotel at which the rape of Y took place on December 22, 2015:
The account of rape victim Y:
“I somehow remember him saying he came to Bangalore a day earlier. So when I met him, it was at MG Road around 10-11am. We went to ‘Cafe Mattea’ to grab a sandwich on the pretext of “cherishing old times and helping him with his shopping”. He bought a few electronic items. Two laptop chargers. Also went to St Paul’s bookshop. Everything was done by cash payment. He then wanted to rest and freshen up at a hotel before leaving. So he asked me to show him some hotel around afternoon. We checked other hotels too. First time we came in for inquiry. Did shopping for a long time, came back. I was naive and stupid to have stayed on, thinking he is new in town so I must drop him off for boarding near Christ College. Anyways it was only the matter of an hour. He always called me his sister, so I NEVER imagined he would be up to something as evil as that… We again checked in the hotel only in the evening. At the hotel, he made me give MY details at the counter and we took the room. It started off with chatting … (Details of the actual rape omitted.) After he had finished, he left. He went his way and I my way. He had to board his bus from near Christ College.”
We have presented just a small portion of it here, which we intend to submit to the police.
What we might publish in the future depends on how things proceed over the coming weeks.
Fr. George Panackal VC of Potta has been calling me from the UK last week, offering to reimburse my expenses on the condition that I would agree to pull these “leaflets” from my web site because it is “shaming their Congregation”!