Should Kerala govt step in to bring rape-accused priest to justice?

Geneva Stokes
September 12, 2018

The bench of the Kerala High Court also wanted to know whether the Bishop was questioned by the team in Jalandhar when it went there about a month ago and directed the police to inform it of the steps taken by it after that.

George had said at a press meet that he did not believe the bishop was at fault. She says she was abused 13 times. "I feel there are people who are against the Church".

Terming the language used by the MLA as "deeply disturbing", NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said the Commission seriously condemns "such objectionable and derogatory statements made by a person who occupies responsible position in the society". "So, they are denying the arrest", a nun said. If the accused would have been a layman, then they would have arrested him easily.

"He is using money to influence everyone", she alleged.

"We are fighting for our sister", Sr. "Her sister was with her and she told us that the nun cried as soon as she heard PC George, and ran into her room", said Sister Anupama.

In a three-page statement issued to media, the congregation also alleged that the protest on the nuns are against faith.

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"The trouble started in 2016 when I took up a complaint against this nun and she was found guilty", he claimed. "It's been 74 days since she gave a complaint, but other than the police questioning the victim, we don't see any other progress". She said she had complained earlier because she lacked the courage to take on the clergy represented by the bishop.

"I beg the Church authorities to kindly make a speedy enquiry about this case and remove Bishop Franco from his responsibilities as the spiritual leader of the diocese", the nun said. They (police) are studying it as to who is speaking truth.

The agitators held placards and demanded the arrest of Bishop Franco. On that bishop, I have written to the Home Ministry as the Punjab government and Kerala police have not done anything.

He reportedly testified that the local police force will soon be busy with the impeding Sabarimala season and the inter-state nature of the case will require more dedicated investigation.

The nun, in her letter to Giambattista Diquattro, Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio alleged that by continuing as Jalandhar diocese bishop, Franco Mulakkal and his associates "are using the wealth of the diocese to divert" the police investigation.

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