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Kerala: Nuns stage sit-in protest demanding Bishop Mulakkal’s arrest

Kerala: Nuns stage sit-in protest demanding Bishop Mulakkal’s arrest

Bishop had claimed that during this time period they have appeared together in some functions.

National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma on Sunday lashed out at Kerala MLA PC George over his derogatory comments about the rape victim num from Kerala, and demanded strict action against the lawmaker. Police are contemplating sending fresh summons to Bishop Franco to appear before it in Kottayam and a final decision will be taken on the matter after a review meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

"I condemn such disgusting statements made by the MLA". If assaulted why would the nun appear with me? he had asked.

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"Police questioned me for 9 hours".

An allegation of rape brought by a nun against the Roman Catholic bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, has pitted reformist sections of the church against the state, and the church against its high priesthood. It was also pointed out that a nun, who was a witness in the case, had received threats to life, and no steps were taken by the police to afford witness protection, despite a specific request to that effect. Acting like a judge, George said that at first, he thought that the Bishop is despicable but after going through the case he realised that it was the nun who is creating trouble.

George, however, continued his allegations against the survivor and five other nuns, who stood in her support. "Now, we pin our hopes on the judiciary", said a nun who did not want to be named, UCAN news reports.

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Meanwhile, the protest fast, called by the Joint Christian Council here to put pressure on the government to act against the accused bishop, entered the third day.

The incident came to light after a case was registered in June against four priests of Malankara Orthodox Church for alleged sexual assault.

Five nuns from a convent in Kottayam, to which the victim belonged, also took part in the demonstration and alleged that she had been denied justice by the church, police and the government as no action has been initiated against the accused, Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar diocese. "Investigation should be completed quickly and the culprits should be given punishment as prescribed in the law", he told reporters in Kochi. "Complete the probe in a time bound manner and convince the people of the facts about the case", he said.

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