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Jalandhar Bishop rape case: Nuns stage demo in Kerala against police inaction

No action has been initiated against accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese, alleged the nuns at a dharna organised by various Catholic organisations on Saturday.

Published: 08th September 2018 01:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th September 2018 01:50 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

KOCHI: Citing laxity in the probe into the alleged rape charges against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the victim’s family members and five of her colleagues from the convent at Kuravilangadu in Kottayam took to the streets and joined the indefinite hunger strike organised by the Joint Christian Council (JCC) here on Saturday. 

According to the nuns, positions of influence and money power have insulated the Jalandhar Bishop from being arrested. “As many as 74 days have passed since the complaint was lodged against Bishop Franco Mulakkal. The police had recorded her statements several times. But the accused Bishop was interrogated only once,” they said. 

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Though everyone is equal before the law, when it comes to accused religious leaders, this principle is often subverted in India. They enjoy special consideration, protection and more often, the victims are labelled as offenders in such cases,” said George Joseph, vice-president, JCC. 

Holding placards, the agitators demanded the arrest of Mulakkal. The nuns alleged attempts are being made from various quarters to sabotage the investigation. “We are fighting for our sister. She has been denied justice by the Church, government and police. We are ready to go to any extent to see that she gets justice,” said a nun at the gathering. 

In her complaint, the nun had accused Mulakkal of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016. The victim had also alleged she received death threats from unknown people two months ago.

The police, in a statement based on initial investigation and available evidence, said it was found the Bishop allegedly committed an unnatural act and raped the nun against her will. He confined the nun to a guest room in St Francis Mission Home at Kuravilangad in Kottayam, the statement had alleged.

VS flays delay in police action
T’Puram:
The indefinite delay in the arrest and interrogation of the Jalandhar Bishop could create an impression that the investigation officers are under pressure, said Administrative Reforms Commission chairman V S Achuthanandan. In a statement issued here on Saturday, VS said there should not be any further delay from the part of the police in bringing the culprits before the law. The public protest by nuns over the police inaction against the bishop should be viewed seriously, he said. The Church handling criminal cases against its members does not go in tandem with the existing judicial system of the country. 

LDF Govt, CPM in shackles of heads of organised religions: V Muraleedharan
T’Puram:
The nuns’ protest against police inaction in the case related to the rape charge against the Jalandhar bishop shows the LDF Government and the CPM are in the shackle of heads of organised religions, V Muraleedharan MP said.

The police could not conduct a fair probe into the rape case against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal owing to the government’s intervention and CPM’s control. The government and CPM fear organised religious heads and are unable to disobey their orders. The people want to know the DYFI’s stand in the alleged incident in which P K Sasi MLA sexually abused a party worker. “The DYFI always claims it is an independent youth organisation. But its failure to respond to the case shows they are slaves of the CPM,” he said.

Pained by P C George’s rude words, nun calls off plan to address media
Kottayam:
Even as the Vaikom police probing the rape complaint filed by a nun against Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal failed to make any progress in the investigation, the allegation and ensuing developments took an ugly turn with Janapaksham leader P C George MLA coming out against the victim with derogatory words on Saturday. Meanwhile, George’s outrageous words mentally shattered the nun and she gave up her plans to address the media on Sunday to tell her grievances on the inordinate delay in completing the investigation on her complaint and arresting the accused.

Addressing mediapersons here, George questioned the genuineness of her complaint. “Why was she silent during 12 occasions of rape and came out with the complaint only after the 13th occasion?” he asked. George added when the nun lost her virginity, she ceased to be a nun and should give up her religious habit. At the same time, George demanded that the bishop should be jailed if allegations against him are proven right.



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  • Alexander Samuel

    Let these preachers first practice what they preach
    3 years ago reply
  • George Varghese

    Arrest that rascal and put him in jail and also take action against anyone in the church who tried to protect him so far . If necessary go to the Supreme Court . The laity demands justice for the nun .Nothing less . India is not a banana republic that u can hide such things any more !!! Hope the church in Kerala realises this !!!!
    3 years ago reply
  • sakaria

    The Catholic Church in India has become one of the most corrupt organisations in the world. The case of Bishop Franco is just the tip of the problem. It is possible that he is being protected by the Church. If action is taken against him
    3 years ago reply
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