In suspected racist attack, Kerala priest stabbed on neck in Australia

Kozhikode: In a suspected case of racist assault, a priest from Thamarassery diocese in Kozhikode was stabbed by a white man on the altar at Fawkner North in Melbourne, Australia.

The priest was about to provide the Sunday Mass when the incident handed off. The particular person requested Fr Tomy Kalathoor if he was an Indian Hindu priest sooner than attacking him.

Fr Abraham Kavilpura-yidathil, Public Relations Officer of Thamarassery diocese, talked about Fr Tomy, a neighborhood of Karimbu near Anakkampoyil, Kozhikode, was serving as vicar of St Mathews Parish in Melbourne for the ultimate four years.

The assailant, who approached the vicar merely sooner than the Holy Mass, talked about that he wanted to speak one factor in private with him. The vicar refused to oblige and knowledgeable him that he might talk to him after the Mass.

The assailant then abruptly took out a knife hidden on this cloth and stabbed the priest on the neck. The affect of the assault was decreased due to the thick clothes worn by the priest to protect himself from the chilly, aside from the cassock and further robe for the Holy Mass. “The assailant escaped soon after the incident,” Fr Kavilpurayidathil talked about.

Within the meantime, Thamarassery diocese Bishop Remigius Inchananiyil spoke to Fr Tomy over cellphone. The priest was discharged from hospital after being administered first assist.

The attacker had approached the vicar ultimate Sunday and enquired if he was an Indian. Fr Tomy was ordained in 1994. He had served the diocese as vicar in assorted parishes of Adakkakkundu, Kallurutti, Chundathumpoyyil and Vettilappara, earlier.

Bishop Inchananiyil and the Thamarassery diocese expressed extreme grief and protested in direction of the assault on Fr Tomy. Tales from Melbourne talked about that police has taken one particular person in reference to the incident into custody. However, the police is however to substantiate whether or not or not it was a case of racist assault.