Indian Nuns: Arrest Rapist Bishop

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The nun lodged a complaint against bishop Franco Mullackal on 27 June this year accusing the clergyman of sexually assaulting her over a period of two years starting in May 2014.

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

But the lower clergy in India have generally not broken ranks until now, when it is alleged that a bishop used his position to rape a nun repeatedly over a span of three years. "I myself in the past have brought to the attention of church higher ups, of certain undesirable things, but nothing happened", said the Catholic nun.

The court also asked the state government if adequate security was being provided to the woman and other nuns who are witnesses.

Denying the allegations, the bishop responded with accusations the nun was retaliating against him for investigating rumors she had broken her vow of chastity. How is it possible that she didn't have any complaint 12 times and it only became rape the 13th time? Following her complaint, the bishop was booked under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code.

Nuns on a protest in Kottayam, Kerala, seeking Jalandhar Bishop Mulakkal's arrest for rape. Such derogatory remarks have raised eyebrows and National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma has slammed George while demanding initiation of strict action against him. Before the protests, which have been unfolding for two days, take on a life and velocity of their own, the Kerala government should hasten the due process in the matter.

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George, however, continued his allegations against the survivor and five other nuns, who stood in her support.

George Joseph, the president of the Joint Christian Council, one of the groups organising the protests, accused senior politicians and church leaders of interfering in the case.

In the statement, it was alleged that the bishop confined the nun to a guest room in St Francis Mission Home at Kuravilangad in Kottayam district of Kerala.

The Missionaries of Jesus sister has also complained of harassment - including multiple death threats - since going public with her complaint against Mulakkal.

Meanwhile, many political parties and leaders came out in support of the nun. "Neither have police or the government".

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