Kerala MLA PC George on nun seeking arrest of rape accused

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Two more public interest litigations have been filed in the High Court of Kerala seeking proper investigation of the case where Franco Mulakkal, Bishop of Jalandhar diocese of Syro-Malabar Church, is accused of raping a nun. "The NCW has already taken up the matter and we will write to DGP demanding strict action against him".

The nun wondered why the Church was closing its eyes to the "truth when I have mustered courage".

Kerala MLA P C George ran into controversy when he made insensitive remarks against the nun who an actress who was has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a bishop. The court has also sought to ask the details of the provisions made for the protection of the nuns. From her own experience, she felt that the Church is a stepmother to the women and laity.

"If I am found guilty, which I am not, I am likely to be punished.I will appear before police if I am summoned".

Five nuns, who are members of the Joint Christian Council have been sitting on a protest since the last four days in Kochi, and have said that they will also hold demonstrations in the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram from Wednesday, India Today reported. 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.

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Noting she had filed the complaint against the bishop two months ago, the nun claimed even though the Special Investigation Team probing it was convinced of the proofs, they were not able to arrest him because of his political and economic power.

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.

In the September 8 letter, a copy of which is available with the media, 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.

The bishop confined the nun to a guestroom in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in Kottayam district of Kerala.

Earlier, it was revealed that the accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal committed unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on the nun against her will. "A very strong investigation is being carried out in the case. Investigation should be completed quickly and the culprits should be given punishment as prescribed in the law", he told reporters in Kochi.

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