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Kerala Nuns protest to demand arrest of rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal

Kerala Nuns protest to demand arrest of rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal

Kochi: A group of nuns staged a sit-in protest at the High Court Junction bus station in Kochi demanding the arrest of Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of allegedly raping a nun. The nuns say they have been denied justice by church authorities and police.

Indian Catholic sisters have broken ranks with the church by openly protesting in the streets of the Keralan state capital against a bishop accused of raping a nun. 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. In 1990, two nuns were raped in the course of a robbery at a church in Gajraula, Uttar Pradesh, the case received global attention, but the trial turned into a travesty of justice when the police tried to establish that the suspects were in custody at the time when the crime was committed. Brushing off the allegations levelled against the bishop as baseless, the congregation alleged that external forces are playing behind the nuns' protest.

The development comes as George's words raised a national debate on insensitivity towards rape victims by people who wield power. "Let us see if they are holy", he said, news channel NDTV reported.

"We are fighting for our sister", Sr.

She made the complaint only after Mullackal went to the police claiming the alleged victim and five other nuns were harassing and blackmailing him.

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"Seventy-four days have passed since the complaint was made against Bishop Franco".

Terming the allegations "serious", the bishop said only three persons knew the truth. Catholic reformation organisations, including the Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement (KCRM), took part in the protest. "It is the 76th day since the petition was filed and still police have not taken a major step in the investigation", he said.

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president M.M. Hassan said the nuns should get justice.

Earlier, it was revealed that the accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal committed unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on the nun against her will. It also alleged that the nun had retaliated after the bishop took disciplinary action against her for the alleged affair.

The bishop confined the nun to a guestroom in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in Kottayam district of Kerala.


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