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Kerala nuns join public protest demanding arrest of bishop

Kerala nuns join public protest demanding arrest of bishop

Her missive comes amid protests by a group of nuns and others against the delay in taking action against the bishop, who has been accused of rape and unnatural sex with the complainant multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

Kerala MLA PC George sparked massive controversy after he called the nun who accused the Jalandhar Bishop of raping her, a "prostitute". It was also pointed out that a nun, who was a witness in the case, had received threats to life, and no steps were taken by the police to afford witness protection, despite a specific request to that effect. In her statement, the survivor also was alleged that the bishop confined the nun to a guest room in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in Kottayam district of Kerala.

In early August, one PIL was filed seeking arrest of the Bishop. Hence, it is the government that should act first, " he told the Indian Express.

Across Kerala, anger is rising that law enforcement has yet to arrest the bishop, despite multiple accounts against him. Noting that she had filed the complaint against the bishop two months ago, the nun claimed even though the Special Investigation Team probing the charge was convinced of the proof, they were not able to arrest him because of his political and economic power.

The court also sought to know the steps taken by the government to ensure the safety and security of the nun allegedly victimised by the Jalandhar Diocese Bishop Franco Mulakkal and her fellow nuns supporting her in her fight. She asked him to get an appointment with the nuncio in the context of bishop Franco trying to trap her and her companion in a police case in Jalandhar.

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"The ref gave a foul and personally I don't understand how it was a foul but these decisions happen and you have just got to move on", said Trippier.

He said that a nun is supposed to be a virgin like the mother of Jesus and once she loses her virginity, there is no reason to call her nun. How is it possible that she didn't have any complaint 12 times and it only became rape the 13th time? If assaulted why would the nun appear with me? he had asked. "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. Catholic reformation organisations, including the Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement (KCRM), took part in the protest.

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.

The congregation also questioned the allegations against the priest.

The Bishop has denied all the allegations.


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