Kerala nuns join public protest demanding arrest of bishop

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On June 29, a sister of the Missionaries of Jesus reported to authorities that, from 2014 to 2016, Mulakkal raped her more than a dozen times at her convent in the southern state of Kerala.

In a seven-page letter addressed to the Apostolic Nunciature, the nun alleged that Mulakkal is using money power to scuttle the complaint against him.

Reportedly, a special team has been looking into the case and after a preliminary investigation, it found that the Bishop had abused his position and had raped the nun repeatedly.

In a sit-in protest on Saturday, half a dozen sisters blasted police for allowing Jalandhar Bp. Franco Mulakkal to remain free, two-and-a-half months after accusations of sexual assault began surfacing against him.

The Kerala priest said he like everybody else had the right to take legal recourse. He went on to say that it was suspicious that the woman raised a complaint only when she was harassed the 13 time and kept quiet at all the previous instances.

"Being a religious sister who is denied justice from the congregation authority and from the Church authority of Latin and Syro Malabar Churches, once again I implore your mercy on my situation". Following her complaint, the bishop was booked under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code. The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless.

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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.

Weeks after accusing a Roman Catholic Bishop of raping her, a nun has sought urgent intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded his removal as the head of the Jalandhar diocese, questioning why the Church was "closing its eyes to the truth" when she mustered courage to make public her sufferings.

"Police questioned me for 9 hours".

Five nuns joined street protests at the weekend organised by Catholic reform groups claiming the police were dragging their heels in the case. "The bishop should be punished", Sharma further said. "It is the 76th day since the petition was filed and still police have not taken a major step in the investigation", he said.

"At this moment, whatever is going on is not justifiable".

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