Kochi: A picture of Kerala nun sitting beside Jalandhar diocese Bishop Franco Mulakkal, whom she accused of raping her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016, was released by the Missionaries of Jesus on Friday. It also claimed that the picture was taken a day after the nun was allegedly raped for the first time. “Any woman, who was raped by a man, would never attend functions or travel with that man. This is a truth that cannot be denied,” a statement released by congregation read.
The photograph was reportedly taken on May 23, 2015 and shows the victim nun sitting next to the accused Bishop. The Missionaries of Jesus released the photo with a statement that the congregation would not be responsible if the picture becomes public, a report stated.
“The Missionaries of Jesus has understood that the allegations about the Bishop repeatedly raping the nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016 is false and is part of a conspiracy. In the month of May in 2015, the sister had invited the Bishop for a function and even after that, it has been found that the sister has taken part in a lot of functions with the Bishop,” the statement further said.
Earlier in the day, the Missionaries of Jesus congregation alleged that the victim plotted against the Bishop to get him framed in the Kerala rape case. Based on the findings of the Missionaries of Jesus Inquiry Commission, the congregation also accused the victim nun and her friend of tampering with the visitors’ register and CCTV camera.
On Thursday, the brother of Kerala nun rape case victim alleged that accused Bishop Franco Mullakal of Jalandhar diocese is being supported by influential politicians. He also claimed that the Kerala government is not taking swift action in the case as election are approaching.
“Kerala government is not taking any action as they do not want to break the cordiality between the church and the authorities as elections are approaching. Police have not done anything in 78 days. Influential politicians are supporting him,” he had said.
The nun had recently sought urgent intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded the bishop’s removal as the head of the Jalandhar diocese, questioning why the church was “closing its eyes to the truth” when she mustered courage to make public her sufferings. The bishop had, however, dismissed the allegations as “baseless and concocted”, insisting she levelled those as the catholic order had rejected her demand for favours.