Kerala: Congregation Calls Rape Accused Bishop "Innocent Soul", Condemns Protest By Nuns

Kerala nuns join public protest demanding arrest of bishop

The Missionaries of Jesus Congregation on Tuesday alleged that the Kerala nun, who filed a complaint of rape against a bishop, had "questionable relations with a local taxi driver" and "a physical relationship with a relative's husband".

The statement consists of the same allegations that were raised by Franco Mulakkal against the complainant nun during evidence collection. She petitioned the Vatican alleging that the bishop is using "political and money power" to bury the case.

Coming out as a fresh development in the Kerala nun rape case, the brother of the Kerala nun on Wednesday slammed the accused Bishop and claimed that he was offered Rs 5 crore to withdraw his complaint against the accused Bishop Franco Mullakkal. Reportedly, Catholic reformation organizations also joined the protest which had been called by the Joint Christian Council. They said that she was to meet the media for the first time on Sunday but had since backed out after George's comments.

In her police complaint, the nun had alleged that Mulakkal had sexually abused after summoning her on the pretext of discussing an important issue in 2014. "But in the light of my experience I am beginning to think that the Church is a stepmother to women and laity".

In early August, one PIL was filed seeking arrest of the Bishop. "Her sister was with her and she told us that the nun cried as soon as she heard PC George, and ran into her room", said Sister Anupama.

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The nun's family, along with five of her mates from the convent at Kottayam, where she was repeatedly raped and abused, are meanwhile on a hunger strike demanding the bishop's arrest.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto.

Weeks after accusing a Roman Catholic Bishop of raping her, a nun has sought urgent intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded his removal as the head of the Jalandhar diocese, questioning why the Church was "closing its eyes to the truth" when she mustered courage to make public her sufferings.

Terming the allegations against him as "serious", the bishop said only three persons knew the truth. On that bishop, I have written to the Home Ministry as the Punjab government and Kerala police have not done anything.

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