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

Kerala: Congregation Calls Rape Accused Bishop

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

The in the police complaint, the nun claimed that Bishop Franco Mullakkal sexually abused her form 2014-2016.

The statement consists of the same allegations that were raised by Franco Mulakkal against the complainant nun during evidence collection.

Backed up by the support of the congregation, the alleged suspect Bishop Franco Mulakkal said, "I think some internal forces are using these nuns for some advantage".

Coming out as a fresh development in the Kerala nun rape case, the brother of the Kerala nun on Wednesday slammed the accused Bishop and claimed that he was offered Rs 5 crore to withdraw his complaint against the accused Bishop Franco Mullakkal. George, the lone Independent MLA in the Kerala state assembly, had asked the reason behind the nun not reporting the incident earlier while making objectionable remarks against her on Saturday.

She demanded removal of the Jalandhar Bishop from the post, alleging that by continuing in the position, Franco and his close associates "are using the wealth of the diocese to divert" the course of the police investigation.

In her lengthy letter, the nun also sought to explain her silence before coming out against the bishop and said she had "tremendous fear and shame" and wondered why the church was "closing its eyes to the truth".

In a statement, the Missionaries of Jesus congregation questioned the character of the nun and alleged she had illicit relationship with one of her relatives.

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"We have got some details from the statement of the nun and police are examining this", he said.

In a first for the Catholic Church in India, a group of nuns is demanding the arrest of a bishop accused of sexual assault. "So, they are denying the arrest", a nun said.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto.

"It is unfortunate that the Church has not initiated any measures against Bishop Franco, though the police have registered an FIR [first information report] and interrogated him", said Joseph Varghese, joint secretary of Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement.

"I have full faith in law and I will keep cooperating with police probe", he said.

"There are some elements in Kerala who have been misusing nuns to achieve their hidden agenda", he said.

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