Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop

Bp. Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar

The nun had accused Bishop Franco of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

In August, Indian media revealed that, prior to reporting her alleged rape to the police, the sister wrote two letters to Abp. Giambattista Diquattro, Vatican representative to India, informing him of her complaints against the bishop. Anapura said Saturday. "She has been denied justice by the Church, government and police". "We do not want to crucify an innocent based on the sexual abuse allegation raised by one of our sisters, followed by the false allegations made the the sisters who are protesting along with her", a statement said. They had earlier accused the police of laxity in the investigation against the Roman Catholic bishop.

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.

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Four weeks have passed since the single bench disposed the earlier petition, granting discretion to the investigation officer regarding the arrest, but no progress has been made, the counsels for the petitioners argued. "No one has doubt that the nun is a prostitute". They were joined by the Catholic reformation organisations, including the Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement, at their indefinite protest in Kochi, seeking justice for the nun. A court-monitored probe and preparation of a witness protection protocol for victims of sexual abuse are also demanded.

On Monday, the Kerala High Court asked the state government about the steps taken by the special investigation team probing the case. An order to police to protect the victim from the accused is also sought by the petitioner. In her complaint filed at Kuravilangad Police Station, the rape survivor had alleged that she had received death threats from unknown people two months ago.

"They are arranging people to attack us, and bishop Franco is using his political power and money to get higher authorities of the investigation and the government to bury legal proceedings that I have filed against him", the nun charged. Acting like a judge, George said that at first, he thought that the Bishop is despicable but after going through the case he realised that it was the nun who is creating trouble. She also questioned the Church's stand on the matter. However, George has also asked to cross-examine the three other nuns who have the same allegations against the Bishop.

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