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Kerala High Court Directs Government To File Report In Bishop Abuse Case

Kerala High Court Directs Government To File Report In Bishop Abuse Case”

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 letter surfaced as the protest by various Catholic Reform organisations in Kochi seeking justice for the nun entered fourth day Tuesday. Before the protests, which have been unfolding for two days, take on a life and velocity of their own, the Kerala government should hasten the due process in the matter.

Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal, who has been accused by a nun of raping her, termed the allegations against him as a "conspiracy", saying those against the church are using "these sisters". 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. 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. Because of that she complained about him. "If a nun loses her virginity, she can not be treated as a nun", News18 reported.

The nun had accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

Seeking the nuncio's intervention, the nun pleads in her letter that "being a religious sister who has been denied justice from the congregation and from the Church authority of Latin and Syro Malabar Churches, once again I implore your mercy on my situation".

What does the police have to say?

A special team probing the case has said that according to preliminary investigation, Bishop Franco abused his position and repeatedly raped the nun.

A Kottayam Police Superintendent, SP Hari Sankar, told the paper that they do not have enough evidence to arrest the bishop. 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. "I myself in the past have brought to the attention of church higher ups, of certain undesirable things, but nothing happened", said the Catholic nun.

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.

However, Poonjar MLA PC George while speaking at a press conference had stirred up fresh controversy regarding the case where he reportedly questioned the nun's character as well as questioned her allegations.



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