February 2002 was perhaps the most infamous day of the ARMENIAN COLLEGE, CALCUTTA.
A little girl, brought from ARMENIA, to be "educated" in the Armenian College was molested and raped inside the College by a friend of MRS. SONIA JOHN, the Manager of the Armenian College.
Calcutta Armenians complained about this to all concerned. Letters were written to the Police too. But, as usual in India, corruption lets the rapist go scot free !
I am copying below the letter of the PARISH PRIEST of the ARMENIAN CHURCH, CALCUTTA.
It is being reproduced so that it may arouse the conscience of the world and that rapists may not walk free, and those who shield rapists like MRS. SONIA JOHN may get punishement too.
This letter which condemns her to the utmost, has been brought to the notice of the CATHOLICOS OF ETCHMIADZIN, the Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He has appointed Sonia John as the Manager of the Armenian College. But does he care for the words of his own Parish Priest ?
Here is the copy of the letter of Rev. OSHAGAN GULGULIAN who was Priest at Calcutta. He is now in Koln, Germany.
REV. Fr. OSHAGAN GULGULIAN
DIOCESE OF THE Armenian Church of Germany.
June 1, 2004
To whom it may concern
As former Pastor of Holy Nazareth Armenian Church of Calcutta, India, I am writing to inform you of my deep rooted concerns pertaining to Mrs. Sonia John. I worked with Mrs. Sonia John, and her personality is one of a pathological liar. She accuses people and does unnecessary things on her own, which are not warranted. In her eyes, everyone is after the Church money and she pretends to be faithful but her actions speak louder than words. (Disgracing the tombs on the Church grounds.) Personally, I have had many conflicts with her where she tried to cause unnecessary problems for me, the sexual innuendos she proclaimed were abusive and she is well known for her false accusations. She is master in fabricating things and using innocent people as her victims. Her poor attitude and mannerisms are so very disheartening to me.
In regards to the Armenian College, the education level is as low as you can get, and the school is deplorable, it is a dictatorship. Some of the children were forced to write letters dictated by her and the Principal and were forbidden lunch and sent to their dormitory without making any necessary arrangement for food. These tragic events are horrifying to me, the abuse and harassment are unacceptable, also there was a RAPE case which was covered by her, also if you saw the conditions of the school and students situation, you would be mortified, these poor innocent victims.
Unfortunately, giving a person such as Mrs. Sonia John is embarrassing and demeaning. She does not have any love in her heart to share with others, and her hostility towards people is unforgivable. I can only pray that you perform an investigation to see the truth in order to make any necessary changes that are needed.
I thank you for hearing me out and I pray that the Armenian community and others be spared such a villain.
V. Rev. Fr. Oshagan Gulgulian
CONFIRMATION OF THE RAPE FROM THE EX-MANAGER OF THE ARMENIAN COLLEGE :
MR. STEFANO SARKIES, A CALCUTTA-ARMENIAN NOW RESIDING IN AUSTRALIA WAS BROUGHT BY MRS. SONIA JOHN TO BE THE MANAGER OF THE COLLEGE. THIS IS HOW HE CONFIRMS THE RAPE INCIDENT TO THE MEDIA IN ARMENIA :
FROM THE MEDIA TO STEFANO SARKIES :
I'm a journalist from Armenia.We wrote articles about Armenian
college in Calcatta, you can find them on www.hetq.am. We are
going to write about it.
We have information that in August 2003, a girl was raped in
college. We don't know is it true? We know, that you work
there, we know that in that time there was also Rev. Gulgulian,
we'll ask him too.Please, if you have any information write us.
Thank you in advance.
STEFANO SARKIES REPLY : (AUGUST 15, 2004)
Yes I did come to know of the rape incident that had taken place to my recollection in the year of 2002 but not sure which month. I actually came to know about the incident as the evil Chairperson Mrs.Sonia John and I were good friends back then. She told me the whole story and how she had to cover it up. I also then spoke to the person who was accused with the crime and heard his version of the events.
The incident apparently had taken place when the school was undergoing some renovations and the accused was the project manager whose company was also contracted to undergo the job.The girl who was victimised was interogated by Sonia John and this was done prior to informing the police. As far as I know I dont think the matter had been reported to the police.
I will locate the accused particulars as he had provided me with his
business card. Once I've located it I will immediately revert back to you.