Jalandhar Bishop Accused of Raping Kerala Nun Alleges Conspiracy

Leroy Wright
September 12, 2018

If the accused would have been a layman, then they would have arrested him easily.

Five nuns joined street protests at the weekend organised by Catholic reform groups claiming the police were dragging their heels in the case. The letter points out that several nuns have left the Church because of the actions of the bishop in the last five years.

Lashing out at Kerala MLA P.C. George for using "abusive language" against an alleged rape victim, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma on Sunday said such incidents are shameful. "The NCW has already taken up the matter and we will write to DGP demanding strict action against him".

Kochi: Disowning the protesting nuns, Missionaries of Jesus, the congregation to which the nuns belong, strongly condemned the protested staged by them against rape accused Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal. The nuns and their families are facing mental trauma and continuous pressure from the church, but they are keen to fight for their fellow sister. "We can not crucify an innocent soul based on such allegations", reported News18.

Seeking the nuncio's intervention, the nun pleads in her letter that "being a religious sister who has been denied justice from the congregation and from the Church authority of Latin and Syro Malabar Churches, once again I implore your mercy on my situation". The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless.

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Poonjar MLA PC George on Saturday triggered a huge controversy after he made a derogatory remark against the nun who has accused a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church of allegedly raping her.

What does the police have to say?

The Kerala High Court on Monday directed the state government to file an affidavit detailing the steps taken on the complaint of a nun alleging that a bishop sexually abused her for three years. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash had earlier on August 13 informed the High Court that the investigation is going on effectively and in an impartial manner.

In her letter, the nun, obviously referring to insinuations on her silence after she was first molested, said that she "had tremendous fear and shame to bring this out into the open". While addressing a press meet in Kottayam, Kerala MLA called the nun a "prostitute" and questioned that why didn't she complained the abuse when it happened to her for the first time.

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