Kerala: Congregation Calls Rape Accused Bishop "Innocent Soul", Condemns Protest By Nuns

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Kochi: Disowning the protesting nuns, Missionaries of Jesus, the congregation to which the nuns belong, strongly condemned the protested staged by them against rape accused Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal. One of our young sisters who had a close contact with Bishop Franco was caught by the authority with specific proofs for a serious error in the place where this sister was rendering her service.

The nuns also alleged that police probing the case were trying to sabotage the investigation. They had earlier accused the police of laxity in the investigation against the Roman Catholic bishop. Bishop Mulakkal should be arrested. Anapura, a participant in Saturday's protest.

However, even three weeks after the investigation team returned to Kerala, it has not recorded the nun's fresh statement.

Authorities insist they are committed to the investigation. Acting like a judge, George said that at first, he thought that the Bishop is despicable but after going through the case he realised that it was the nun who is creating trouble. "We have charted our plans for the next seven days and would verify and cross-check the evidence against the bishop". "We are ready to go to any extent for ensuring justice to our sister".

"I am not saying that the Bishop hasn't done any wrong, but when you weigh his character against that of this nun, it is evident she is not above reproach".

She also alleged that the Bishop and his associates were luring people to take a stand supportive of them by assuring them properties and other forms of wealth.

With the protest by various Catholic Reform organisations in Kochi seeking justice for the nun entering the fourth day, the Kerala government said "justice will be done" amid reports that Cardinal Gracias, the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India, will be raising the alleged rape of the nun with the Holy Pope. "The High Court also directed the government to arrest the accused bishop at the earliest. The NCW has already taken up the matter and we will write to DGP demanding strict action against him".

Aneesh Prabhakaran of human rights group Mnushyavakasha Koottayma agreed.

The protesters, including five fellow nuns of the rape survivor, said they would continue their agitation till action was taken against the Bishop.

Noting that she felt the Catholic Church was still doubting her over the argument as to why she allowed the bishop to sexually abuse her multiple times, the nun said she had tremendous fear and shame to bring this out into the open.

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