Rajahmundry: Expressing concern over the way a pastor allegedly subjected young women to sexual exploitation, AP Women’s Commission chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari, during her visit to Jagannadhapuram village of Tadepalligudem mandal in West Godavari on Wednesday, instructed the police to arrest him and rescue four women reportedly confined by him.
Several women narrated to Ms Rajakumari how they were victimised by pastor Didde Ebenezer under the guise of running a Church at Jagannadhapuram.
The victims informed the chairperson that the alleged misbehaviour of the pastor with young women was exposed in 2015 and a police case was booked.
The man, however, reportedly managed to get the case struck off in a local court with his influence, they alleged. Later, he shifted his accommodation to Madhuru village to avoid trouble at Jagannadhapuram village.The victims said that the pastor was targeting good looking young women and was even organising candle-lit prayers with the women in the nude. They informed her that four women were under confinement with the pastor at present.
Shocked at the ordeal of the women victims, Ms Rajakumari called up West Godavari SP M. Ravi Prakash and instructed him to arrest the pastor and get the four women released and handed over to the Women’s Commission. Later, she assured the women that she would fight on the issue until all the victims get justice.
She said that as Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was on a foreign tour, she would take it up to his notice to take stern action against the erring pastor after his return to the state.
Meanwhile, a group of supporters of the pastor raised slogans in his favour claiming that he is a good person. They refuted the charges against him as fabricated.