2 priests booked for not allowing couple to pray

ST Correspondent
Monday, 2 April 2018

Pune: An FIR has been registered against two priests of Oldham Methodist Church, East Street, Camp, for not allowing a couple to pray on Good Friday (March 30). The couple was led outside the church during prayers and the door was closed behind them, following which they were refused entry.

Melita Christopher Rogers (49) of Kondhwa has lodged a complaint with Lashkar police against priests Thomas Samuel and Ratnamani. Police have charged the duo for offences under sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

Pune: An FIR has been registered against two priests of Oldham Methodist Church, East Street, Camp, for not allowing a couple to pray on Good Friday (March 30). The couple was led outside the church during prayers and the door was closed behind them, following which they were refused entry.

Melita Christopher Rogers (49) of Kondhwa has lodged a complaint with Lashkar police against priests Thomas Samuel and Ratnamani. Police have charged the duo for offences under sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

According to the police, prayers are held at the church in Marathi, Kannada and English. About eight months back, Samuel was appointed as the priest for Kannada prayers and there had been arguments between Samuel and Melita in the past. The matter was reported to police also.

“Around 10 am on Good Friday, I went to the church with my husband. While we were praying, priest Samuel took objection. He told something to priest Ratnamani, who conducts prayers in English. Ratnamani then came to us and made us go out of the church. He closed the door from behind and did not allow us entry in the church. Other people were also there. But even despite our repeated pleadings, we were not allowed. After that, I lodged a complaint with the police,” Melita said. Police Sub Inspector Nimbalkar of Solapur Bazar police chowky is further investigating the case.

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