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

12 September, 2018, 12:29 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Kerala nuns join public protest demanding arrest of bishop

According to The Indian Express, earlier in June, a fellow nun from Missionaries of Jesus in Kottayam filed a complaint against the Bishop accusing him of raping her repeatedly 13 times since the year 2014.

Five nuns joined street protests at the weekend organised by Catholic reform groups claiming the police were dragging their heels in the case. The fo0lloiwng protest has been called by the Joint Christian Council.

Unlike the rest of India, where Christianity remains a minority religion practiced by just 2.3% of the total population, Kerala is home to a sizable Christian community that dates back hundreds of years.

In a statement, the congregation questioned the character of the nun and alleged she had illicit relationship with one of her relatives.

In a sit-in protest on Saturday, half a dozen sisters blasted police for allowing Jalandhar Bp. Franco Mulakkal to remain free, two-and-a-half months after accusations of sexual assault began surfacing against him.

The bishop has denied the allegations made by the nun and claims that he has been targeted for taking disciplinary action. He went on to say that it was suspicious that the woman raised a complaint only when she was harassed the 13 time and kept quiet at all the previous instances. "I feel there are people who are against the Church".




As the issue snowballed with continuing protests seeking action against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese in Punjab, senior minister E P Jayarajan rejected allegations of attempts to sabotage the case and asserted that the probe was proceeding in the "right direction".

"We are not getting justice from the police, church authorities and the government". I have seen her being denounced by the church.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) President Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto.

Kottayam district police chief Hari Shankar has reportedly approached the director general of police Loknath Behera requesting that the high-profile case be handed over to the crime branch, though the latter said no such decision has been taken yet. "I am a law abiding citizen", the Bishop told television channels in Jalandhar.

Criticising his statement, Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, said such remarks were shameful.

"The complainant's sister, myself and God (know the truth)", he said. I suffered it silently.

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