Kerala MLA calls protesting nun a prostitute

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PC George, MLA, Kerala

 

Several Nuns in Kerala took to the streets marking their protest for delay in action against bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun for 13 times.

In a shocking statement, PC George, an independent MLA from Kerala commented a day after the nuns’ protest,

“No one has doubt that the nun is a prostitute. 12 times she enjoyed it and the 13th time it is rape? Why didn’t she complain the first time?” as quoted to news agency, ANI.

The 43-year-old nun had in her complaint alleged that the bishop had sexually abused after summoning her on the pretext of discussing an important issue in 2014. She had alleged him of raping her 13 times in the next two years. In the complaint filed by her in June this year at Kuravilangad Police Station, the victim had alleged that she had received death threats from unknown people two months ago. The nun also accused Bishop Franco of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016. In the statement, it was alleged that the bishop confined the nun to a guest room in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in Kottayam district of Kerala.

However, as reported by the Hindustan Times, the bishop defended himself saying, he was implicated for taking action against her. Bishop Mullakkal, hailing from Kottayam, was appointed as the Auxillory Bishop of Delhi diocese in 2009 and made the Bishop of Jalandhar in 2013.

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A special team probing the case has clarified that according to a primary investigation, Bishop Franco abused his position in repeatedly raping the nun.

Responding to a petition seeking speedy probe, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash had informed the Kerala High Court on 13th August that the probe was proceeding effectively and impartially. The police, in a statement based on initial investigation and available evidence, had said it was found that the Bishop allegedly committed an unnatural offence and raped the nun against her will, as reported by Zee News.

Earlier on Saturday, nuns in Kochi took to a sit-in-protest at the High Court Junction bus station in the city demanding the arrest of the Bishop. At least five nuns from a convent in Kottayam, from where the victim belonged, joined in the demonstration. They alleged that the victim had been denied justice by the church, police and the government as no action has been initiated against accused Bishop Mulakkal.

“We are fighting for our sister. She has been denied justice by the Church, government and the police. We are ready to go to any extent for ensuring justice to our sister,” a nun told protesters here, who held placards demanding arrest of Bishop Franco.

She also sought to know why Bishop Franco has not been arrested despite sufficient evidence against him, questioning the Church’s stand on the matter.

“Seventy-four days have passed since the complaint was made against Bishop Franco. The police recorded her statements several times. But the accused bishop was interrogated only once,” the nun said. They alleged that the police probing the case was trying to sabotage the investigation.

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Catholic reformation organisations, including Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement (KCRM), all came together to join in the protest. KCRM office bearer George Joseph emphasised that many organisations including KCRM, were planning to continue the stir till justice was delivered to the victim.

NCW Chief, Rekha Sharma has also stepped into the controversy, confirming that the nun had been denounced from the church, for protesting against the Bishop:

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