The case was the biggest scandal ever to hit the pages of Calcutta newspapers. Mary Pigot, well known and respected among Indians and Scottish missionaries, suddenly found herself the object of false accusations.
Was she in the habit of beating the orphans until they bled?
Did she deprive them of adequate clothing for the cold weather?
Was her orphanage really a brothel?
Was she involved in two simultaneous affairs with married men?
Reverend William Hastie said the charges were true. That the unmarried spinster consistently violated every social propriety and he could prove it.