Kerala nun abused by Jalandhar Bishop writes to Vatican seeking justice

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On Saturday, in a protest organised by the joint Christian Council, the nuns and other protesters marched in protest to the High Court in Kochi, Kerala, holding placards and banners, UCAN news reports. The letter points out that several nuns have left the Church because of the actions of the bishop in the last five years.

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".

Sister Anupama, one of the five nuns who protested on Saturday, said the complainant was not in a frame of mind to address the media, reported The News Minute. "We are ready to go to any extent for ensuring justice to our sister", a nun had said during the protest. "We can not crucify an innocent soul based on such allegations", reported News18.

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On a letter the nun has written to the Vatican demanding justice, Mulakkal said how the Vatican being a different nation-state intervene in police investigations. "The Bishop should be punished", Sharma further said.

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

What does the police have to say?

According to The Indian Express, SP Hari Sankar has said that there is a lack of scientific evidence which could substantiate the rape charges and the delay in informing the police is an impediment.

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Noting that she had filed the complaint against the bishop two months ago, the nun claimed even though the Special Investigation Team probing it was convinced of the proofs, they were not able to arrest him because of his political and economic power. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash had earlier on August 13 informed the High Court that the investigation is going on effectively and in an impartial manner. "Twelve times she enjoyed it and the 13th time it is rape?"

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.

Meanwhile, the nuns said they have made a decision to initiate legal action against PC George MLA, who cast aspersions on the character of the nun who had filed the complaint.

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