Left Menu
Development News Edition

South Korean megachurch leader's rape term extended

PTI | Seoul | Updated: 17-05-2019 16:11 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 15:41 IST
South Korean megachurch leader's rape term extended
Image Credit: Flickr

A Seoul appeals court on Friday extended the jail term imposed on a South Korea cult leader for raping female followers, sentencing him to 16 years behind bars. Pastor Lee Jaerock was convicted last year of raping eight women more than 40 times.

The 75-year-old denied the charges and appealed, claiming the victims were all highly educated individuals and it was, therefore "impossible for anyone to sexually assault them". The Seoul High Court upheld his original conviction and added a ninth victim who came forward after his first trial, extending his sentence by a year.

"Lee habitually raped young female followers by exploiting their faith and obedience, as a powerful religious figure," judge Seong Ji-Yong said. Lee set up the Manmin Central Church in Guro, once a poor area of Seoul, with just 12 followers in 1982.

As of last year, it had grown to 130,000 members, with a spotlight-filled auditorium, sprawling headquarters, and a website replete with claims of miracle cures. Religious devotion is widespread in technologically advanced South Korea, with 44 percent of people identifying themselves as believers.

Most belong to mainstream churches, which can accumulate wealth and influence with tens of thousands of followers donating as much as 10 percent of their income.



‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Dissecting how COVID-19 is catalyzing the trajectory of New World Order

The ensuing pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the globalization in two ways firstly, shrinking the importance of globalization as an economic force by curtailing mobility through worldwide lockdowns, and secondly, rejuvenating the idea of indig...


Latest News

Dubai hits the ski slope as coronavirus restrictions lift

Adnan Mayasis first move after Dubai lifted coronavirus restrictions on leisure activities was to hit the emirates indoor ski slope - with the added protection of surgical mask and plastic gloves. Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, on...

Man found hanging inside his house in south Delhi

A 26-year-old man allegedly hung himself to death on Thursday in his house in south Delhis Neb Sarai area, police said. The deceased has been identified as Vipin Singhal, a resident of Devli village, they said. During enquiry, Singhals fa...

Taliban in Kabul to discuss prisoner releases under US deal

A five-member Taliban team was in Kabul on Thursday to follow up on this weeks prisoner release by the Afghan government that saw hundreds of insurgents freed. It was the single largest such release since a U.S.-Taliban deal earlier this ...

Centre should frame policy for giving financial help to lockdown-hit workers: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Congress president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Thursday said the Centre should frame a policy for providing financial help to the workers, daily wagers across the country affected by the coronavirus-forced lockdown. ...

Give Feedback