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

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The complaint filed was that the bishop raped and assaulted the nun for two years since 2014 May.

George had said at a press meet that he did not believe the bishop was at fault.

Noting that she felt the Catholic Church was still doubting her over the argument as to why she allowed the bishop to sexually abuse her multiple times, the nun said she had tremendous fear and shame to bring this out into the open. "No one has a doubt that the nun is a prostitute", said George, an independent MP with a history of controversial remarks about sexual assault.

Terming the allegations against him as "serious", the bishop said only three persons knew the truth. Brushing off the allegations levelled against the bishop as baseless, the congregation alleged that external forces are playing behind the nuns' protest. They also demanded the immediate arrest of the accused Bishop. The victim had also alleged that she had received death threats from unknown people two months ago.

The accused had allegedly threatened to disclose the victim's confessions, made in the church.

"We are fighting for our sister", Sr.

In a letter to Giambattista Diquattro, Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio (a diplomatic mission), the nun said she had turned to the church authorities for justice.

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Five nuns joined street protests at the weekend organised by Catholic reform groups claiming the police were dragging their heels in the case.

"The trouble started in 2016 when I took up a complaint against this nun and she was found guilty", he claimed.

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 Kerala nun, who has accused Bishop of Jalandhar of raping her multiple times, has written to The Vatican seeking justice. They alleged that the police probing the case was trying to sabotage the investigation.

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 Kerala High Court asked the police to clarify if the bishop was questioned and what steps had been taken after the police questioning.

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