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Pastor in Bangalore arrested for forced conversion

Pastor arrested for ‘conversion bid’

BANGALORE: Mahadevapura police on Thursday arrested a 31-year-old trainee pastor for allegedly trying to convert 23 children, including 14 girls, during a summer camp here.

Victor Babu alias Victor, a native of Dharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh,was held following a complaint filed by a few parents. Police recovered prayer books, pamphlets and other material from him and registered a case under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code.

Police said Victor was imparting religious lessons to the 23 children in the Hebron prayer hall in Kundalahalli near Whitefield. According to complainants, Victor told them he would run a month-long free summer camp for their children. The camp opened three days ago. A mini-bus (KA 03 D 8949) would pick up children from Mahadevapura, Kundalahalli and surrounding areas every day.

Victor said: “I taught them prayers and songs but that doesn’t mean I was converting them.” Parents claimed Victor offered education and other basic facilities to children if they (parents) accepted his conditions. But Victor didn’t elaborate what his conditions were, they added.

Section 295A Pertains to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs and suggests imprisonment for three years, or fine, or both.

Andhra’s loving pastor rapes minor girl and sets her ablaze

Andhra Pradesh: Church priest rapes minor girl and sets her ablaze

A. Srinivasa Rao | Hyderabad, July 1, 2011

[image: Christian priest raped and set ablaze his a minor girl]
N. Mounika (right) was a domestic help in Dasi Ajay Babu’s house.

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A Christian priest has been arrested for
raping 16-year-old girl and setting her ablaze in his house at Nadendla village of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh.

The girl, N. Mounika, who was working as a domestic help in the house of Dasi Ajay Babu, a pastor in the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, succumbed to her burns at the Guntur General Hospital on Wednesday. Before
dying, the girl told her parents – N. Prasad and Rani – that she had been sexually exploited by the pastor for the past one year. On Tuesday, when he molested her again, she threatened to inform her parents about this.

So, he beat her up, following which she lost consciousness.

Afraid that she had died, Ajay poured kerosene on her, set her ablaze and fled. Neighbours, who heard Mounika’s cries, rescued her and rushed her to a hospital in Chilakaluripet, from where she was shifted to Guntur.

The police said the pastor’s uncle and aunt – Steven and Ratna Prashanti – then forced Mounika to give a declaration to the magistrate that she had suffered burns while cooking in the house.

But Mounika’s parents complained to Guntur (rural) superintendent of police Ravichandra about the dying declaration given under force and Ajay was

Ajay’s wife had been staying separately. In her absence, he lured Mounika into a relationship. The girl, who completed Class X recently, was pressuring him to marry her, the police said.

Bangalore Pastor’s wife accuses him of sexual abuse of minor girls

Another exampled of Christian filth

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In her police complaint, Priyalatha has charged Shantaraju, pastor of Bethel Church and Bethel Student Centre, with having sex with young girls and getting them to abort

S Shyam Prasad

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2011 at 12:05:26 AM

Pastor Shantaraju with a minor girl whom he is said to have sexually abused

A city pastor has been accused by his own wife of being a paedophile and of misappropriating church funds. The charges against K Shantaraju, the 45-year-old pastor of the Bethel Church and Bethel Student Centre in Siddhartha Nagar, Jalahalli West, are being probed by the police after a complaint was filed by his wife Priyalatha at Gangammanagudi police station on Wednesday.

Priyalatha said she deferred filing a police complaint against her husband all these years because she thought it fit to first raise the issue with his superiors. She also believed she could prevail upon him to mend his ways, but having failed she has now provided the police with photos which show Shantaraju in various poses with an alleged minor girl.

“The children who were brought to the centre for the purpose of education are being used for illegal activities. Minor children are being used for sexual activities in the centre. He has sexual relationships with many girl children. I have witnessed these activities. When questioned, he threatened to kill me and my two children,” Priyalatha says in her complaint.

Priyalatha has been married to Shantaraju for 15 years ago. After the death of her father-in-law Moses, her husband inherited the Bethel Church and Bethel Student Centre and she alleges that her husband has been misusing donations from abroad that the centre and church receives.

Shantaraju, who claimed that he has been separated from his wife for 11 years and is fighting a divorce case, denied all charges. “The whole thing is a plot to gain control over the trust and its properties. We used to receive Rs 2.5 lakh per month to provide for 275 children. She has made these allegations to the donors and donations have stopped in the last few months. She has brainwashed my mother and brother and they are also making false claims against me,” Shantaraju told Bangalore Mirror.

“Our second daughter is just seven years old; now explain that,” said Priyalatha, in a curt response to Shantaraju’s claim that they had been separated for 11 years.

Shantaraju also alleged that the photos were taken in 2005 and that his wife has manipulated them to show him in bad light. “The girl is 21 years old now and not a minor. My wife is trying to cheat the law with old photos. I have been called by the police now and I will show them the real facts. I am a trained pastor and my only aim is to continue the good work of my father in helping poor children,” Shantaraju said. Priyalatha clarified that the photos have been in her possession after she came across an unexposed roll of film two years ago. Suspecting something amiss, she got them developed and printed.

Gangammanagudi police station’s inspector S D Chabbi confirmed the complaint and said that a FIR has already been registered and investigation is on. “I do not want to pass any comments on the issue and we are still investigating the matter.

There has been no arrests made. There are two parties, Shantaraju on the one side, and his wife, mother and brother on the other. The wife has complained to donors and they have stopped funding the organisation. We also came to know that they is a marital dispute between them and they are still fighting a divorce case. We are humans first and do not want to make arrests and then investigate,” Chabbi said.

The couple has two daughters and Priyalatha revealed that they have been sent to Hyderabad for their safety. In her complaint, Priyalatha mentions that she is living in a shed in the compound of the centre along with her mother-in-law Shantamma and brother-in-law Vinay Kumar Mathew.

Priyalatha rubbished her alleged interest in getting hold of church property. “His allegation against me of trying to gain property is the latest to hide his sins. He started having an affair with this girl when she was just 14. She got an abortion at the age of 16. In front of me they have lived together. Of course, she is a major now. Other minor girls were also abused by him and had abortions. Their parents are afraid to come forward for fear of spoiling their lives. My own daughter who is 15 years old now has gone into depression after seeing his affairs with minor girls,” she explained.

This is not the first complaint against Shantaraju. An anonymous letter sent to the Karuna Bal Vikas, an organisation in Chennai that funds the Bethel Student Centre, earlier this year had accused Shantaraju of sexually exploiting minor girls in the centre. This letter also had photos of Shantaraju while on excursions with female students.

Priyalatha’s advocate RLN Murthy said that a complaint has also been given to the city police commissioner’s office. “A pastor should be a model to society. Ordinary people look up to him. The allegations here are of a very serious nature. It also calls for keeping a check on dubious institutions which are using foreign donations for nefarious activities,” Murthy said.

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Following Bangalore Mirror’s Friday exposé , former girl students and community members of Bethel Student Centre and Bethel Church at Jalahalli come out with more shocking details of his behaviour

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 12:47:39 AM

Community members gather outside Bethel Church and Student Centre at Jalahalli

The alleged paedophile pastor of Bethel Church and Bethel Student Centre at Jalahalli is on the run. Meanwhile, more young girls have come out with chilling stories of pastor Shantaraju’s sexual perversions. An 18-year-old girl and former student at the centre said, on condition of anonymity, that many a times she had seen the pastor and a minor girl furtively go into the centre’s office room late in the evening and spend a lot of time inside. She also alleged that the pastor would time and again demand sexual favours from other girls.

“It was a year ago. I was here. Uncle (Shantaraju) and the girl went inside his office room. They locked the room. Uncle asked me to stand outside the room and alert him if anyone came. But I told all the older girls who came that the two were inside and I do not know what they were doing,” the visibly scared girl recounted in a tremulous voice to Bangalore Mirror.

She said that the classes went on till 8.30 pm. After dinner the other students would leave but the pastor and the girl, with the attendance register in her hand, would go into the office room. “The room would be locked from inside and she would come out after an hour. We do not know what they did inside. Uncle has also bought her a mobile phone. Even while on picnics we could feel that there was something happening between the two. He would buy her whatever she wanted and they two were always together,” the girl said.

The government has taken the issue seriously and home minister R Ashoka said, “Today morning itself I have directed zonal DCP Revanna to take necessary action. There is no question of allowing the culprit to escape. Several children have become victims of his heinous act and we will not tolerate this. We will arrest him and ensure that justice is done to victims. The case is more serious as the wife herself has complained to the police.”

After Bangalore Mirror’s report on Friday, people of the area and members of the community gathered at Bethel Student Centre and Bethel Church. One of them said: “I used to come to this church. But after getting wind of the kind of things the pastor was doing, I distanced myself from the church months ago. My family no longer comes to this church,” he said.

Another former student at the centre, a 17-year-old girl, said she and other students were aware of what was going on between the pastor and that particular girl but got the shock of their lives when one day the pastor called one of them into his office and tried to molest her.

“After this incident, we just decided to stop coming here. We went home and told our parents that we do not want to study here. We did not tell them any other details,” the girl said.

Vasudeva Sharma, member, State Child Rights Commission, said, “The incident is not only shocking but calls for severe action. The Child Rights Commission can definitely take necessary action in this regard. But if the police have already lodged an FIR and the court already taken up the matter, then as a recommending body we cannot intervene in the matter. However, from the victim’s or children’s point of view we can provide required help like counselling and take up the matter at the policy level for suitable action.”

Yet another girl revealed that the pastor was also in the habit of taking photos of girls on his mobile phone without their knowledge. Then he would allegedly morph these pictures with those of naked girls from porn sites. “There were young boys too who said that he would call them often to his office room and ask them to massage his body,” she said.

Priyalatha, Shantaraju’s wife, who filed a police complaint against her husband on Wednesday, lives in a corner of church compound in a makeshift shack, worse than a hut. “I stay here because after these incidents I opposed him and moved out of the house. But then he spread rumours that I was having a relation with someone else. To prove him wrong I came back.

Today the ACP also spoke to me. He assured me of police protection as I have been threatened by Shantaraju and his two elder sisters,” Priyalatha said.

However, RLN Murthy, Priyalatha’s lawyer, is not happy with the charges filed by the police in the FIR. “The charges filed are under 498(A) and Section 506 of the IPC. These relate to cruelty towards married women and criminal intimidation. These are comparatively minor charges. The more serious charges of adultery, foeticide, breach of trust and faith, misuse of donations to the organisation have been left out. The accused should have been arrested in the first instance when he was called to the station. Now he is gone into hiding. We are hopeful that the police will act swiftly and bring him to book,” Murthy said.

ACP Hanumanthappa confirmed that Shantaraju had gone missing. “He is absconding. We are on the lookout for him and he will be arrested soon.”

Loving Christian Pastor Arrested On Child Pornography Charge: Christian persecution in America

Pastor Arrested On Child Pornography Charge

updated 3:54 a.m. ET Sept. 26, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas – A North Texas pastor was arrested Wednesday and charged with transporting child pornography, authorities said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took Steve Richardson, 36, the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Royse City, Texas, into custody after searching his home and church.

The agents confiscated Richardson’s computer, which he is accused of using to send pornographic and erotic images of children using Google’s “Hello” software program, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Richard B. Ropers’ office.

The First United Methodist Church has put Richardson on suspension, NBC 5 reported.

Ex Porn addict Christian Pastor’s website shows you how God wanted you to have great sex
Pastor’s website shows you how God wanted you to have great sex
Melbourne, Aug 30 : A website with a name like is advertising classes about sex, but in a ‘Godly way’.

Created by a Tucson Baptist pastor, the site claims “God wants you to have great sex.”

Pastor Jeremiah McDuffie of The Element Community Church said the Web site is tied in to a series of sermons he plans to deliver on consecutive Sundays starting Sept. 7 on the issue of sex.

Ultimately, he hopes to open up dialogue on a subject he says is too often regarded as taboo in houses of worship. Yet it’s also at the root of so many issues he hears about from worshippers and others who seek him out for pastoral counselling, he said.

“Sex wasn’t invented in a dark alley behind a porn shop. It’s part of God’s design,” The Daily Telegraph quoted McDuffie’s website, as stating.

McDuffie admitted that mailers sent to 35,000 Tucson homes to promote the sermons have generated some complaints.

“The negative calls we’ve had were basically from people saying this was a subject we shouldn’t be dealing with in church, that it’s inappropriate,” said McDuffie, who confesses he was once a porn addict.

McDuffie said that he hopes the sermons will help open an honest dialogue on a subject that is often considered taboo in houses of worship.


Persecuted Bangalore pastor exploits widow sexually, films and sells her sex videos: Christian love

A pastor, a widow and seedy designs

Widow charges him with exploiting her sexually, recording the act on hidden cameras and selling it to foreigners By Hemanth Kashyap and M K Ashoka Posted On Saturday, September 20, 2008

The `sex scam’ that rocked the city on Thursday has taken an intriguing twist with the victim charging the pastor with secretly filming her sexual acts and selling the tapes to foreigners.

The widow, 40, in a complaint to the Jnanabharati police, has alleged that pastor Babu Prasad of Mizpha Church, located in Rajajingar’s Gopalpur area, sexually exploited her on the promise of marrying her.

The woman, who attempted suicide twice on learning about the `porn CDs’, narrated her travails to Bangalore Mirror: “I lost my husband in an accident 23 years ago and I am a mother of a college-going son. I continued my husband’s business and was leading a decent life till I was taken to the Mizpha church by a friend.”

She was introduced to Pastor Prasad. Subsequently, she took a liking for his motivational talks. Prasad allegedly knew she was emotionally weak. “Prasad’s wife and relatives started visiting my house and persuaded me to embrace their faith. Prasad also used my house for conducting prayers. On April 1, asked me to return home from my factory. On my return, he exploited me sexually and got the whole act recorded.”

She claimed Prasad took her to a hotel on St Mark’s Road on May 4 and introduced her to two Americans. “He gave them the CD and asked me to spend a night with them. I refused and managed to escape with the CD. When I played it at home, I realised how I was deceived,” she said.

“When I questioned him, he said there was nothing wrong in making porn videos and selling it to foreigners,” she said and charged Prasad with taking away her ornaments and using her to obtain a Rs 12 lakh loan.

Meanwhile, Prasad lodged a complaint with the Vijayanagar police accusing her of drugging him before forcing him to have sex with her. Bangalore Mirror tried to contact him on his cellphone, but in vain.

The police said the pastor is absconding. They, however, admit the case is a sensitive one.

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