Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

MLA George slammed for shaming Kerala nun

MLA George slammed for shaming Kerala nun

The nun lodged a complaint against bishop Franco Mullackal on June 27 this year accusing the clergyman of sexually assaulting her over a period of two years starting in May 2014.

Backed up by the support of the congregation, the alleged suspect Bishop Franco Mulakkal said, "I think some internal forces are using these nuns for some advantage".

As per the initial investigation of the police, Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal abused his position and repeatedly raped a nun from Kerala, a special team probing the case told the Kerala High Court.

With the protest by various Catholic Reform organisations in Kochi seeking justice for the nun entering the fourth day, the Kerala government said "justice will be done" amid reports that Cardinal Gracias, the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India, will be raising the alleged rape of the nun with the Holy Pope. Though a police complaint against the bishop was filed over two months ago, he continues to roam free.

The NCW chief said she will also be writing to Kerala DGP Lokanath Behera to take action against such lawmakers. He went on to say that it was suspicious that the woman raised a complaint only when she was harassed the 13 time and kept quiet at all the previous instances.

The nun wondered why the Church was closing its eyes to the "truth when I have mustered courage".

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He added that no other nun had filed evidence against the bishop and that there was not of yet any scientific evidence to substantiate the rape charges.

The congregation's statement repeated the same claim and argument.

"I beg the Church authorities to kindly make a speedy enquiry about this case and remove Bishop Franco from his responsibilities as the spiritual leader of the diocese", the nun said.

The Kerala nun, who has accused Bishop of Jalandhar of raping her multiple times, has written to The Vatican seeking justice. "So, they are denying the arrest", a nun said. Police have questioned him on August 13 but failed to arrest him and to any further probe in the matter. However, their move did attract some strong criticism as The Missionaries of Jesus congregation, to which the nuns belong, on September 10 condemned the protest by the five nuns.

The priest also hit out at those protesting against him.

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