Kochi: The Kerala nun who had accused Bishop of Jalandhar of raping her multiple times has written to The Vatican seeking justice, ANI reported on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the protest against the Bishop, Franco Mulakkal, entered the fourth day in Kochi. The protesters are demanding action against the Bishop. (Also read: Kerala BJP Leader Slams NCW Suggestion to do Away With Confession in Churches)Also Read - Amazon Customer Orders Apple iPhone 12 Worth Rs 70,900, Receives Soap & Rs 5 Coin Instead
The protest has been called by the Joint Christian Council. While alleging that the probe is being delayed because of the Bishop’s clout, the protesters nuns also claimed that they have got no support from the police, church authorities or the government. Also Read - This State Wins 'City With The Most Sustainable Transport System' Award
On Monday, the Missionaries of Jesus called the Bishop an “innocent soul” and claimed that the protesting nuns were being guided by external forces. Bishop Mulakkal has been accused of raping and having unnatural sex multiple times with a nun in Kottayam, between 2014 and 2016. While narrating her ordeal to the district police chief, the nun had said that she was raped around 13 times over a span of two years. Also Read - Go For Online Shopping, Avoid Travel: Centre Issues COVID Advisory to States Ahead of Festivals
Last week, MLA PC George called the rape victim a “prostitute’, leading to outrage over social media. “No one has a doubt that the nun is a prostitute. Twelve times she enjoyed it and the 13th time it is rape? Why didn’t she complain the first time?” George, an Independent MLA from the Poonjar constituency in the Kottayam district, had said. George was summoned by the National Commission for Women for his remarks.
This scandal, couple with the other one involving four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church had led to the NCW recommending that the government did away with the practice of confession in churches since they posed a threat to women. The NCW has prepared a report on the two scandals after it met the victims of both the cases. The report is for the Ministry of Home Affairs and copies would be with sent to Kerala and Punjab governments as well.