Indian Catholic nuns protest against bishop accused of rape in Kerala

Indian Catholic nuns protest against bishop accused of rape in Kerala

Indian Catholic nuns protest against bishop accused of rape in Kerala

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. "We will fight. It was the church that forced us on to the streets".

Reportedly, a special team has been looking into the case and after a preliminary investigation, it found that the Bishop had abused his position and had raped the nun repeatedly. However, their move did attract some strong criticism as The Missionaries of Jesus congregation, to which the nuns belong, on September 10 condemned the protest by the five nuns.

The court had the other day sought to know the action taken on the basis of the nun's complaint.

Across Kerala, anger is rising that law enforcement has yet to arrest the bishop, despite multiple accounts against him.

While defending the accused bishop, the Kerala lawmaker had verbally abused the victim and cast aspersions on her. "We also reported directly to Rome but even they haven't responded".

The affidavit comes in the wake of mounting pressure for the arrest of the Bishop.

Anapura noted that Mulakkal has been targeting her group since they declared support for his accuser, saying the bishop is "trying to coerce a statement against the survivor from us".

Father Varghese Vallikkatt, deputy secretary general of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council, told the Times of India that the public protest "is unusual ... if there is any truth in the allegations, there are enough forums within the Church to raise complaints".

"We have got some details from the statement of the nun and police are examining this", he said.

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

Meanwhile, agitation of various Catholic reformation organisations in Kochi seeking justice for the nun entered the fifth day Wednesday. "I feel there are people who are against the Church". Moreover, he had also filed complaints against the nun and their families that he was threatened by them.

With the police facing heat, a senior official on Monday said the bishop may be summoned to Kerala for interrogation.

"According to me she isn't a nun".

"It is all planned and timed to blackmail the bishop from taking punitive action against her", the priest charged, claiming that the diocese went to police first.

He added that no other nun had filed evidence against the bishop and that there was not of yet any scientific evidence to substantiate the rape charges.

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