Hate crime in Australia? Indian Catholic priest stabbed with knife by 72-year-old man

Father Tomy Mathew suffered minor upper-body injuries and remains in a stable condition at The Northern Hospital.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2017 3:29 pm
Father Tomy Mathew. (The Australian)

After a string of alleged hate crimes against India nationals in the US, a Catholic priest of Indian-origin was stabbed with a knife by a man in Melbourne city, Australia. The priest, Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, 48, was preparing to deliver the Sunday mass at St. Matthew’s Parish at Fawkner suburb, when a man stabbed him with a knife, reportedly saying that he is not qualified to lead the service as, being Indian origin, he must be a Hindu or a Muslim. Mathew was stabbed in the left side of neck, before he was taken to Northern Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

The local churchgoers expressed shocked at the incident. “There was some shouting and a lot of movement at the back of the church and then I saw Father Tommy coming to approach me. He waved me over and asked me if I could look at his neck because he said ‘I’ve just been stabbed’,” one of the parishioners, Melina, was quoted by local media. Another parishioner, who did not wish to be named, told local media that she called for the ambulance and tried to chase the attacker, but did not go too close. “I didn’t get too close because I didn’t know if he still had the knife,” she said.

Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman Shane Healy also expressed shock over the stabbing, describing the incident as “appalling”. “People should never be treated like this. He is doing wonderful work for his parishioners and this is really a blight on the great work that many, many Catholic priests are doing,” he said.

The  eyewitnesses to the incident reportedly claimed that the accused was trying to meet Mathew even before the incident for a long time. The police arrested a 72-year-old man from Fawkner on charges of intentionally and recklessly causing injury. The accused was later given bail to appear in Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on June 13. “At this stage, we believe the incident is isolated. There’s nothing to suggest he’s a danger to anyone else,” Detective Senior Constable Rhiannon Norton told reporters.

Father Tomy Mathew suffered minor upper-body injuries and remains in a stable condition at The Northern Hospital. Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet said the priest was doing well in the hospital and wanted to get back to work soon.

With inputs from PTI

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    IslamForFoools
    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:12 am
    Indian duplicate converted christians, for 2 kg rice they converted, now they suffering from their white masters of Vatican. Hahaha karma
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      Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
      Mar 20, 2017 at 8:43 am
      Haha,---by changing names and speaking few western language after converting does not mean you have become a white,---likewise a tree of a mango does not bear a banana,---by covering a mask of a money on a face of a lion does not mean a lion has become a monkey cause at the end of the day,---a lion remains a lion,---these converts who bent and Li-caked the invaded VETI-C-U-N-T-S of looters and genocide are getting nailed by their own converters--- bunch of morons---Jai hind.
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        kris
        Mar 20, 2017 at 10:07 am
        you are hating some person X because some Y posted a comment using X name
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          Tushar
          Mar 20, 2017 at 11:13 am
          Whatta pathetic view. U SOB ...don't insult Hindus by being in Hindu Nick and speaking hate .... Hinduism never encouraged it..u are among some dacoit family it seems
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            Tushar
            Mar 20, 2017 at 11:16 am
            You guys nver think one thing practically .we Hindus exist only in India .. And today's world we cannot lve without depending other countries either for business ,science , weapons everything we are depending them ... By spreading hatred among other religion could end up in getting ignored by those countries who are completely filled with those who we call minorities in India . Don't cut the branch u re sitting
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              IslamForFoools
              Mar 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm
              What you are blabbering is called blackmailing
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                FactThat
                Mar 20, 2017 at 9:56 am
                ACTION AND REACTION...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;MALLU, COMMIES TODAY REGULARLY ABUSE HINDUS, THEIR OWN ANCESTRY.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;GORAA RETURNED THE 'FAVOUR' IN KIND, TO MALLU, COMMIES.
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                  FactThat
                  Mar 20, 2017 at 9:51 am
                  MALLU THINKS, BY LEARNING A BOOK,lt;br/gt;HE BECAME GORAA...HA HA HA...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;MALLU FURTHER STEPS, lt;br/gt;PREACHING TO GORAA...HA HA HA...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;MALLU FORGOT, HEZ STILL INDIAN FIRST, ANCESTORS ALL HINDU FIRST...HA HA HA,lt;br/gt;BUT GORAA REMINDED MALLU ABOUT THIS.
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                    S Shivalingham
                    Mar 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm
                    converts should leave india.
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                      S Shivalingham
                      Mar 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm
                      this converted dog deserves what he got.
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                        Raghu
                        Mar 20, 2017 at 8:26 am
                        White mo.th.er fu.ck.ers never change.
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                          David
                          Mar 20, 2017 at 8:01 am
                          Where are the Anthonys, Sabbu, and Tonys of India who constantly abuse Hindus and are blind.lt;br/gt;In America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, African Americans suffered long and suffering even though they are Christians.lt;br/gt;In India minorities abuse Hindu religion and culture.
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                            Simon Marsden
                            Mar 20, 2017 at 7:53 am
                            India really can't talk about hate crimes. It is one of the most dangerous countries on earth for women and one of the most racist countries on earth for hate and discrimination based on color. I have visited India many times as a white male and loved the country but when I visited several years ago with my African partner, the racism towards her was unbelievable.
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                              Sg
                              Mar 20, 2017 at 7:19 am
                              Skin colour is the paramount ideny mark for the western people. The poor 'browny' indian could not save himself even after adopting and peaching the religion of westerners.
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                                George THAKUR
                                Mar 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm
                                As they say, every words that escapes one's mouth reflects directly upon one's mother's heritage and educational achievement. Along with the dawn of the 21st century also dawned an adage: "if you do not have a complimentary comment to offer, keep your mouth shut.
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                                  George THAKUR
                                  Mar 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm
                                  How unfortunate is the comment, especially when emanating from an Indian. What ever happened to that much revered Indian humility and universal tolerance our peers philosophised?!
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                                    Amit thackrey
                                    Mar 20, 2017 at 9:27 am
                                    All Australians in India must also be stabbed period !
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                                      Utpal
                                      Mar 20, 2017 at 8:42 am
                                      I would like to know what an Australian Aboriginal would have to say about 'Aussie' fairness. Do you think they agree with you about Australia being a 'nice and safe' place? Last I heard was that they are still mourning their macred ancestors, who were wiped out by whites and their lands illegally snatched from them.
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                                        vnksk
                                        Mar 20, 2017 at 10:43 am
                                        IE should take an affidavit from it's authors that they are actually secular and not anti Hindu. If they write anything which is anti Hindu they should be liable to pay a penalty.
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                                          vnksk
                                          Mar 20, 2017 at 10:45 am
                                          This looks to be more an intra Catholic crime.
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