NCW summons Kerala MLA for using abusive language against nun

Lamar Ellis
September 12, 2018

A group of five nuns in Kerala, India, joined a public protest on Saturday (8 September) to demand the arrest of a bishop alleged to have raped a nun. In this context, she was again seeking the intervention of the Church for getting justice, the letter said.

Former nuns have previously raised allegations of sexual exploitation by priests and other male clergy in the state's church but the latest case has prompted unprecedented publicity and calls for investigation.

"They are arranging people to attack us and Bishop Franco is using his political power and money to get higher authorities of the investigation and the government to bury legal proceedings that I have filed against him", she charged.

On Tuesday, the Missionaries of Jesus Congregation claimed that the nun who had accused the Bishop was in an "illicit relationship" with one of her relatives, and Bishop Franco was being accused of rape for "acting upon the complaint".

In a letter to Giambattista Diquattro, Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio (a diplomatic mission), the nun said she had turned to the church authorities for justice.

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Joining the dharna organised by various Catholic organisations seeking reformation in the church, the nuns alleged that the victim had been denied justice by the authorities and the Church as no action has been initiated against the accused. "It is the 76th day since the petition was filed and still police have not taken a major step in the investigation", he said.

"Though Bishop Franco had sexually abused me several times, I could not reveal the full story to my Superior General or to her Councilors. The nun even helped and co-ordinated his programmes across Kerala till 2016.Even a small child will know that this is not possible if a persona has been forcefully violated", the statement said. While addressing a press meet in Kottayam, Kerala MLA called the nun a "prostitute" and questioned that why didn't she complained the abuse when it happened to her for the first time.

"We need more evidence to incriminate Bishop Mulakkal beyond any doubts", said District Police Chief Hari Sankar last week.

"I feel there are people who are against the church, they are using these sisters". The court has also sought to ask the details of the provisions made for the protection of the nuns. The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless.

Earlier, it was revealed that the accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal committed unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on the nun against her will.

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