Social activists seek impleadment to oppose rape convict ex-priest's plea before Kerala HC for suspending sentence to marry victim

"If the Appellant secures relief at this stage citing his desire to marry the victim, it will open the door for many such men who commit rape or aggravated sexual assault", states the impleadment application.
Social activists seek impleadment to oppose rape convict ex-priest's plea before Kerala HC for suspending sentence to marry victim
Former priest, Robin Mathew (L) was convicted by a trial court in Kerala last year for the rape of a minor girl while he was a Vicar

Two social activists have moved the Kerala High Court seeking to be impleaded to oppose the plea filed by former priest Robin Mathew to suspend his 20-year prison sentence on the ground that he wishes to marry the woman he had raped while he was a Vicar (Robin Mathew v. State of Kerala).

In 2019, a trial court had sentenced Mathew to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment for the raping the victim, who was a minor at the time.

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