Indian Catholic nuns protest against bishop accused of rape

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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". "Now, we pin our hopes on the judiciary", said a nun who did not want to be named, UCAN news reports. "Why didn't she complain the first time?", reported The News Minute. Talking to reporters at his residence in Poonjar, George said he had certain doubts on the real victim in the case. I only told them repeatedly that the Bishop is taking many disciplinary actions through them just because I resisted to lie down with him. When the church failed to take action on this matter, the nun approached the Kerala police.

From childhood we have been taught to believe that the Church is our mother.

The nun, who admitted to be under huge pressure in her battle against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, said that she was pained by the derogatory comments raised against her by sitting legislator PC George and will not meet the media.

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The letter surfaced as the protest by various Catholic Reform organisations in Kochi seeking justice for the nun entered fourth day Tuesday. In her complaint filed at Kuravilangad Police Station, the rape survivor had alleged that she had received death threats from unknown people two months ago. George, the lone Independent MLA in the Kerala state assembly, had asked the reason behind the nun not reporting the incident earlier while making objectionable remarks against her on Saturday.

The agitators held placards and demanded the arrest of Bishop Franco. She asked him to get an appointment with the nuncio in the context of bishop Franco trying to trap her and her companion in a police case in Jalandhar.

"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.

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"If I am found guilty, which I am not, I am likely to be punished.I will appear before police if I am summoned". The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless.

In July, the nun had lodged a rape and sexual assault complaint against a bishop based in Jalandhar, Punjab.

The district police chief is known to have pointed out that extensive evidence collation and investigation were required in the case.

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For the unversed, the nun has accused Bishop Franco of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

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