Kerala MLA PC George withdraws 'prostitute' remark against nun, refuses to regret

She alleged that Bishop Franco Mulakkal was using "political and money power" to bury the case against him. So, we will fight. This comes on the same day when the police told the Kerala High Court that their preliminary investigations reveal that the bishop abused his position and raped the nun on multiple occasions.

As the nun shot off the lengthy letter to Giambattista Diquattro, the Vatican representative in India, the "Missionaries of Jesus", a congregation to which she belongs, came out against her and five other nuns, who are staging a protest seeking justice, accusing them of "spreading blatant lies" against the Bishop.

The present PILs have been filed alleging that despite the passage of nearly four weeks after the first PIL, no progress has been made in the investigation and that the Bishop was still not arrested. The police will decide whether the accused bishop should be summoned for questioning in this case.

In a sit-in protest on Saturday, half a dozen sisters blasted police for allowing Jalandhar Bp. Franco Mulakkal to remain free, two-and-a-half months after accusations of sexual assault began surfacing against him.

Sister Anupama told the Times of India that "many times the sister was sexually abused by Bishop Mulakkal and we had reported it to the Nuncio; they didn't even send an acknowledgement on receiving our complaint".

Meanwhile, Auxiliary Bishop of Changanassery archdiocese Thomas Tharayi questioned the media trial of Franco Mulakkal in the case.

The Missionaries of Jesus congregation Tuesday said it was planning to implead itself in the Kerala High Court which is hearing a related matter. The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless.

Father Varghese Vallikkatt, deputy secretary general of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council, told the Times of India that the public protest "is unusual ... if there is any truth in the allegations, there are enough forums within the Church to raise complaints".

The five nuns of Missionaries of Jesus are determined to get justice. "I feel there are people who are against the Church". According to The Indian Express, SP Hari Sankar has said that there is a lack of scientific evidence which could substantiate the rape charges and the delay in informing the police is an impediment. The statement also questioned why the nun did not approach police when she was first raped. "I don't consider her a nun and also want an investigation about the financial sources of the brother and family of the nun", he reiterated.

Vanessa Coleman

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