Pas­tor ac­cused of traf­fick­ing nabbed on ar­rival in Chen­nai

The CBI ar­rests Pas­tor Gideon Ja­cob, ac­cused of traf­fick­ing women, from Chen­nai af­ter he ar­rived from Ger­many

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A Tiruchy-based pas­tor ac­cused of hu­man traf­fick­ing through his or­phan­age was ar­rested by the CBI in Chen­nai early on Satur­day. The pas­tor, 62-year-old Gideon Ja­cob, had been on the run for sev­eral years. He was re­port­edly whisked away for in­ter­ro­ga­tion upon his ar­rival from Ger­many on Mon­day.

Mose Min­istries, the or­phan­age founded by Ja­cob, had been em­broiled in con­tro­versy since 2015 for hous­ing 89 girls without nec­es­sary au­tho­ri­sa­tion. The home claimed the girls were from the vil­lages around Usil­am­patti in Madu­rai dis­trict and had been res­cued from fe­male in­fan­ti­cide. Ever since, Ja­cob was on the run, fol­low­ing which a look out cir­cu­lar was raised by KK po­lice a year ago. Af­ter his ar­rest, the CBI spe­cial team pro­duced him be­fore the Chief Ju­di­cial Mag­is­trate in charge at Kha­ja­malai and lodged in the cen­tral prison.

PAS­TOR Gideon Ja­cob (62), ac­cused of traf­fick­ing women through his or­phan­age Mose Min­istries, based in the city, was ar­rested by the CBI in Chen­nai in the wee hours on Satur­day. Ja­cob was on the run for sev­eral years and was re­port­edly whisked away for in­ter­ro­ga­tion upon his ar­rival from Ger­many on Mon­day.

Mose Min­istries, the home founded by Ja­cob, is em­broiled in con­tro­versy since 2015 for hous­ing 89 girls without au­tho­ri­sa­tion. The home claimed that they were res­cued from fe­male in­fan­ti­cide from the vil­lages around Usil­am­patti in Madu­rai dis­trict. Ever since, Ja­cob was on the run fol­low­ing which a look out cir­cu­lar was raised by KK po­lice a year ago. Af­ter his ar­rest, the CBI spe­cial team pro- duced him be­fore the Chief Ju­di­cial Mag­is­trate in charge at Kha­ja­malai and lodged in the cen­tral prison.

Speak­ing to Ex­press, Ja­cob’s ad­vo­cate said his client was asked by the CBI to ap­pear in front of them for an in­quiry. “Based on which Gideon ap­peared be­fore them on the Octo- ber 26 and again on 27. Af­ter the in­quiry, the CBI car­ried out their ar­rests,” he added. He has been charged un­der sec­tions 120 (B), 361, 368, 201, 340, 370 of the IPC.

Di­rec­tor of Change In­dia, an NGO, Paadam A Narayanan had been fight­ing for the girls and sought re­union with their par- ents. The Madu­rai Bench of Madras High Court, where the trial in the Mose Min­istries case is on, had al­lowed the girls who at­tained 18 years of age to take a de­ci­sion on their fu­ture life. Out of 89 girls in the home, 82 girls are ma­jors. The court also di­rected the Tiruchy dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion to shift the seven mi­nor girls out of Mose Min­istries as it was unau­tho­rised.

The court-or­dered DNA test, con­ducted in Au­gust 2016, re­vealed that genes of 32 girls in the home matched with 31 par­ents. It may be re­called that Es­ther, 25 one of three sis­ters in the home will marry Gladis, 27 a sound en­gi­neer work­ing with the church run by Ja­cob in Tiruchy on Jan­uary 30. Her par­ents al­legedly left all the sis­ters in the home two decades ago. Es­ther is not one among the 32 on whom DNA test was con­ducted.

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