Bishop accused of raping nun 13 times

Bishop accused of raping nun 13 times

Bishop accused of raping nun 13 times

Before the meeting, being held amid allegations of attempts to sabotage the case, Subhash told reporters that a notice may be issued to Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese to appear before the investigating team. So, we will fight.

On Monday, the Kerala High Court had directed the state government to inform it of the steps taken by the special investigation team probing the case of alleged rape of the nun by the Bishop. "We feel that it was the Church which forced us onto the streets", Sister Anupama of the Missionaries of Jesus, one of the protesters, told the Times of India Sept. 8.

The present PILs have been filed alleging that despite the passage of nearly four weeks after the first PIL, no progress has been made in the investigation and that the Bishop was still not arrested. It was also observed there that Court can not compel investigating officer to arrest an accused, as it was a matter within the discretion of police.

The demonstrations started on Saturday and continued throughout the weekend in Thiruvananthapuram, fuelled by an incendiary press conference in which a politician questioned the account of the bishops's alleged victim, a 46-year-old nun, and described her as a prostitute. The 13th time it became rape. We have given clinching evidences also.

The protest by a group of five nuns in Kochi calling for Mulakkal's arrest entered the fifth day on Wednesday.

Sister Anupama told The News Minute that "This is extremely painful that this support for the bishop has come from the community of nuns", but she does not believe the statement was written by the superior general of the congregation.

The Missionaries of Jesus congregation Tuesday said it was planning to implead itself in the Kerala High Court which is hearing a related matter.

"It is unfortunate that the Church has not initiated any measures against Bishop Franco, though the police have registered an FIR [first information report] and interrogated him", said Joseph Varghese, joint secretary of Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement.

Terming the allegations against him as "serious", the bishop said only three persons knew the truth. "The complainant nun needs justice from the government".

"We have got some details from the statement of the nun and police are examining this", he said. I have seen her being denounced by the church.

"According to me she isn't a nun". He further went on to question her character.

Fr. Kavumkal filed a June 22 complaint in both Punjab and Kerala, charging blackmail and threatening the life of the bishop.

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