Social worker forced to bow down for Facebook post criticising priest in Kerala
According to reports, a group of people forced a man to apologize for posting a Facebook post criticising the vicar of a church in Iritti, Kannur. Social worker Giles Unnimackel was taken to the church by a group of people and forced to apologise to Kunnoth church vicar Fr. Augustine Pandyammakkal for criticising him in a Facebook post.
Giles criticised the vicar for refusing to perform the last rites of sixteen-year-old Albert, who died of cancer. Albert had been undergoing cancer treatment for four years. As the disease progressed, Albert's leg was completely amputated. Since further treatment wouldn't help him anymore, Albert was advised to continue palliative care at home.
Although Albert's father Mathew had approached Fr. Augustine Pandyammakkal of Kunnoth St Thomas Forane Church for his son's last rites, Mathew claims that the vicar refused to do so even though he and his friend visited the vicar several times. He further added that the vicar delivered the last rites on the 33rd day, but the child was unconscious. Unable to bear the grief and anger after the child's death, Mathew once again visited the church and blamed the vicar. Giles Unnimackel posted a video on Facebook after this incident criticising the priest.
Following this, a group of people accusing Giles of unilaterally posting on Facebook without listening to what the vicar had to say later took him to the church and made him apologise.