Nun rape: Bishop questioning restarts on Day 2

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Bishop Mulakkal has been accused of repeatedly raping a Kerala-based nun of the Missionaries of Jesus Congregation of the Jalandhar diocese.

Kottayam police chief Hari Sankar, who leads the police probe team told the media on Friday that at the moment they were unable to say anything about the arrest.

Mulakkal had also approached for the anticipatory bail which was rejected by the Kerala High Court on September 18.

Police sources said while Mulakkal, during interrogation, stuck to his claim that he did not rape the nun, he was arrested following contradictions in his statements, circumstantial evidence, statements of witnesses, and the nun's statement under Section 164 of the CrPC.

Protests erupted outside the crime branch office in Thrippunithura where Mulakkal was questioned on Thursday.

"The state government has always been with the victim and whosoever does a wrong - the wrongdoer will be taken to task", he said.

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But police in the southern state of Kerala, home to India's largest Christian population, did not formally question him until September.

The rape survivor nun's sister was hospitalised on Wednesday after she took ill on the third day of her hunger strike near Kerala High Court in Kochi demanding the bishop's arrest.

The 44-year-old nun has accused the bishop of raping her 13 times at a church facility in Kuravilangad, Kottayam district, between 2014 and 2016. "They are forcing people to hit the streets to press for justice". We are with the victim.

Reportedly, this is the first time in the Catholic church's history in Kerala that nuns have come out in protest against the church authorities and the police, who have been allegedly trying to delay the process of investigation and the resultant arrest. The statement has also said that the allegations against the bishop are completely baseless. "Even if he is accused of rape, he is still our guru", he said.

Police in India are now investigating the charges of rape, illegal confinement, unnatural sex and intimidation.

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