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Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal on Monday got the unwanted recognition of being the country’s first bishop to be jailed, for rape charges.
In a two-page statement, Fr Varghese Vallikkatt, deputy secretary general and spokesman for KCBC, said the Council prays that justice takes place in the matter.
The Pala court near Kottayam had on Saturday rejected Franco's bail plea and sent him to two days police custody which ended on Monday.
A nun who participated in the agitation demanding Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s arrest has been barred from church activities, including teaching the Bible and offering Holy Communion.
From the Kottayam Police Club, the bishop was taken in a convoy of police vehicles to the guest room (No. 20), where as per the victim’s complaint, the rape took place.
Though Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been arrested in the case related to the alleged rape of a nun, the mission of the SOS Action Council, which had demanded his arrest, is not over.
The Church is taking revenge on the nuns who have expressed their solidarity with the protest.
Hundreds of local residents, who waited outside the premises of the convent, booed at the bishop and raised slogans against him while the investigators took him back.
In April, District Collector U V Jose had issued an order banning all sorts of events and protests in the renovated SM Street.
The trip to the convent is part of the police's evidence gathering. According to the victim's complains, Mulakkal raped her at the VIP rest room, where he has been staying.
The SIT on Saturday got the bishop in custody for two days after presenting him before Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Pala.
The Vatican is one of only 17 countries around the world that recognises Taipei instead of Beijing but Pope Francis has sought to improve ties with China since he took office in 2013.
He was Saturday discharged from the government hospital in the city where he was admitted following complaints of chest pain, officials sources said.
Since no political party was willing to back them, the protesting nuns had to rely solely on the civil society’s support to expose the injustice meted out to them.
Franco complained of chest pain when he was being taken to Kottayam Police club from the Crime Branch office in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district Friday night, they said.