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Women’s Panel Wants Church Confessions Abolished After Kerala Rape Scandal

The National Commission for Women has recommended the government should abolish confessions in churches as “they come in the way of security and safety of women.”

They have asked for abolishing church confessions while submitting a report on the two sex scandals in churches in Kerala.

A central agency also needs to do a proper investigation into the increasing incidents of rape and sexual assaults in churches of Kerala, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said.

“The priests pressure women into telling their secrets and we have one such case in front of us, there must be many more such cases and what we have right now is just a tip of the iceberg,” she said.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said the commission has sought a probe by a central agency into the two scandals that surfaced last month: one involving four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the second one accusing the Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, of rape.

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