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Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop

12 September 2018

In a seven-page letter addressed to the Apostolic Nunciature, the nun alleged that Mulakkal is using money power to scuttle the complaint against him. 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. The fo0lloiwng protest has been called by the Joint Christian Council. Independent MLA PC George called the nun a prostitute, asking why she did not file a complaint after the first instance of sexual assault.

The nun, in her late 40s, has alleged that she was sexually abused by Franco Mullackal 13 times between 2014 and 2016. "If I leave my post at this stage people will say that I have admitted my guilt", he said talking to HT over phone.

In her lengthy letter, the nun also sought to explain her silence before coming out against the bishop and said she had "tremendous fear and shame" and wondered why the church was "closing its eyes to the truth". The statement also questioned why the nun did not approach police when she was first raped.

On a letter the nun has written to the Vatican demanding justice, Mulakkal said how the Vatican being a different nation-state intervene in police investigations.

The Diocese of Jalandhar in a statement has accused the nun of vendetta, saying she targeted the bishop because he reportedly started an investigating against her.

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"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. The police will decide whether the accused bishop should be summoned for questioning in this case. One of the nuns, while slamming the police's inaction in nabbing the accused said, "The police have repeatedly taken the statement of the victim nun, but they have taken Franco Mulakkal's statement only once".

The legislator's comments were also slammed by the NCW Chief Rekha Sharma who said that the incident was "shameful".

The case in the southern state of Kerala has attracted worldwide attention, as it is extremely rare for nuns to publicly accuse a superior of wrongdoing, let alone sexual assault.

"The complainant's sister, myself and God (know the truth)", he said.

Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop