Indian nuns demand arrest of bishop accused of rape

Bp. Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar

The nuns and others are protesting in Kerala against the delay in action against the bishop.

The nun who filed a case against the Bishop Franco Mulackal said that she was sexually abused and raped by the bishop for two years between 2014 and 2016.

Bishop Mulakkal on his part rejected the charges against him as "baseless and concocted" and said he was open for a probe.

The bench of the Kerala High Court also wanted to know whether the Bishop was questioned by the team in Jalandhar when it went there about a month ago and directed the police to inform it of the steps taken by it after that.

"All of us have given statement [s] against the bishop but the police are yet to make an arrest", lamented Sr. The nuns and their families are facing mental trauma and continuous pressure from the church, but they are keen to fight for their fellow sister. That case was disposed of the High Court on August 13, noting that investigation was proceeding on the right track. He repeated the offence 12 more times in the next two years, she alleged.

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George Joseph, working president of the Joint Christian Council, said the protest was against the state government and police.

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

Anger is growing at Church authorities for their lack of action. Hence, it is the government that should act first, " he told the Indian Express. The bishop also accused the nun of "blackmailing" him. "Her sister was with her and she told us that the nun cried as soon as she heard PC George, and ran into her room", said Sister Anupama. "Though there were earlier instances of allegations of sexual abuse by priests, it is a rare and first-time incident that a nun openly registered protest and submitted a complaint against the bishop".

According to police sources, a high-level meeting will be held today ahead of hearing in Kerala High Court tomorrow.

Bishop Mullakkal, appointed as the Auxillory Bishop of Delhi diocese in 2009 and made the Bishop of Jalandhar in 2013, is said to be cooperating with police. "Your highness, I would like to ask: Will the Church authority - who stand to protect Bishop Franco and safeguard the dignity of the Church by hiding his wickedness - be able to give back what I have lost?" she asked in the letter.

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