Nun writes to Pope’s ambassador against Jalandhar bishop, questions Church’s ‘silence’

Cheryl Sanders
September 12, 2018

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

"Bishop Franco had always an eagle's eye on few other MJ (Missionaries of Jesus) sisters as well". He later allegedly raped her 13 times in the next two years. Police are contemplating sending fresh summons to Bishop Franco to appear before it in Kottayam and a final decision will be taken on the matter after a review meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

Kochi: Five nuns have claimed top Kerala police officers are trying to sabotage the probe into a rape case involving Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese. "The church has not given us justice", one of the nuns, Sister Anupama MJ, told the Times of India. "If a nun loses her virginity, she can not be treated as a nun", News18 reported. It was also pointed out that a nun, who was a witness in the case, had received threats to life, and no steps were taken by the police to afford witness protection, despite a specific request to that effect. The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless.

Facing increasing stigma and persecution from local church authorities ever since she accused Jalandhar bishop Franco Mullakal of repeatedly raping her, the Kottayam-based nun has written to the ambassador of the Pope in India pleading that a "speedy enquiry" be conducted into the case and that "Bishop Franco be removed from his responsibilities".

What does the police have to say?

The nuns are said to be filing a petition to the High Court in Kerala today (Monday 10 September). It has been supported by reformists, who allege that the Kerala police are going slow on the matter, and that delaying the custodial interrogation and physical tests which follow immediately in such matters would dilute the evidence.

National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma on Sunday lashed out at Kerala MLA PC George over his derogatory comments about the rape victim num from Kerala, and demanded strict action against the lawmaker. In his statement, the MLA asked why didn't the nun report the incident earlier. "Why didn't she complain the first time?", reported The News Minute.

More than 100 citizens have come to support them since the demonstration started on Saturday, according to George Joseph, the president of the Joint Christian Council, an advocacy organization working with the nuns.

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