The convent authorities have been blatantly violating the directives passed as an interlocutory order by a Mananthavady court', Sr Lucy said.
The Save Our Sisters (SOS) forum has come out strongly against the Pope’s decision to reinstate Bishop Franco Mulakkal as Jalandhar bishop.
The Kerala High Court has quashed a criminal case against two nuns who allegedly disclosed the identity of a rape victim by sharing her photo with the media.
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.
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.
It was after high drama and suspense that began around noon that top police officers finally confirmed the arrest of the bishop, around 8 pm.
Senior public prosecutor Suman Chakravarthy said on Friday the police acted only within the framework of law.
The decision was taken during a one-hour meeting of Kochi Range IG Vijay Sakhre with the Director General of Prosecution’s office here.
Agnelo Rufino Gracias, Titular Bishop of Molicunza and Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Bombay, has been appointed as the administrator of the Jalandhar Diocese.
Nearly three months after the nun made the rape allegation, Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal was interrogated at the Tripunithura Crime Branch SP Office for more than seven hours on Wednesday.
Though the bishop had left for Kerala from Jalandhar on Monday, the police did not divulge his whereabouts even as they waited at the CB office.
Earlier Stephen Mathew and Aloshy Joseph were hospitalised due to deteriorating health.
Though an urgent pre-arrest bail plea was filed, the petitioner’s counsel did not press for an interim order directing the police not to arrest the petitioner.
The nun, in her complaint, alleged that on May 5, 2014, and May 6, 2016, she was raped by the bishop several times in a room attached to St Francis Mission Home in Kuruvilangad.
Joining the indefinite hunger strike of the sister of the victim, Hari Priya, a member of the AICC, said she will also continue the strike in order to support their protest.
Nature and gravity of the accusation are very important factors to decide whether the accused is entitled to get the discretionary relief of pre-arrest bail.
Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal trashes Kerala nun's rape allegations against him; says open for probe
Terming the allegations against him as "serious", the bishop said only three persons knew the truth.
In the September 8 letter, she alleged that the Bishop and his associates were luring people to take a stand supportive of them by assuring them properties and other forms of wealth.