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Raped nun likely to seek action against PC George for slander

Raped nun likely to seek action against PC George for slander

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.

Five nuns from the convent in Kuravilangad, who are supporting the complainant, protested outside the Kerala High Court, seeking justice. But their congregration has come out in the Bishop's support and raised doubts on the victim's version.

The case in the southern state of Kerala has attracted global attention, as it is extremely rare for nuns to publicly accuse a superior of wrongdoing, let alone sexual assault.

The nun's brother claimed that Mulakkal's brother also offered the family 10 acres of land.

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. Anapura said Saturday. "She has been denied justice by the Church, government and police".

The nuns also alleged that police probing the case were trying to sabotage the investigation. If the accused would have been a layman, then they would have arrested him easily. One of the nuns, while slamming the police's inaction in nabbing the accused said, "The police have repeatedly taken the statement of the victim nun, but they have taken Franco Mulakkal's statement only once".

In her lengthy letter, the nun also sought to explain her silence before coming out against the bishop and said she had "tremendous fear and shame" and wondered why the church was "closing its eyes to the truth".

Terming the language used by the MLA as "deeply disturbing", NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said the Commission seriously condemns "such objectionable and derogatory statements made by a person who occupies responsible position in the society".

The district police chief is known to have pointed out that extensive evidence collation and investigation were required in the case.

The agitation by the nuns was part of an agenda to destroy the Church and the congregation, it charged. George Vattukulam has asked for a court order for conducting a fair investigation and to book the culprits within a stipulated time under the monitoring of the high court.

The letter ends by saying that though she had filed a complaint with the police two months ago, no action was taken against the bishop due to his influence.

For the unversed, the nun has accused Bishop Franco of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.