New Delhi: Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of rape by a Kerala nun, stepped down on Saturday. “I am likely to be called for further clarifications by investigating officer in Kerala, appoint Rv, Fr Joseph Thekkumkattil and Rev Fr Subin Thekkedathu,” he said in a letter. The development was reported hours after the Kerala nun rape case was rough to the notice of Vatican. News agency ANI reported that the church representative from India is in Vatican to discuss the issue. Also Read - 'Mother's Body Organs For Sale': Kerala Woman Offers to Sell All Her Organs to Pay Medical Bills of Her Children
The sources revealed that the Vatican is expected to intervene in the coming days. The rape victim nun had a few days ago sought appealed to the Vatican seeking justice. Also Read - Kerala: 2 Migrant Workers Killed in Quarry Explosion in Ernakulam District, Terror Links Suspected
In a seven-page letter addressed to the Apostolic Nunciature – the representative of the Holy See in India – the nun described the ordeal and trauma that she has been facing ever since she spoke about the abuse. Alleging the bishop of using his power to influence the case, she said, “I feel this kind of silence on the part of the Church authorities and protection of those who commit the crime may create a situation where the Church loses its credibility before society.”
On Friday, the Missionaries of Jesus congregation alleged that the victim, who had accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal of raping her, five nuns and four others, 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.
“The victim along with 5 other nuns and 4 others conspired against Jalandhar Bishop. Victim’s friend was handling visitors’ register, they must have tampered with it. The victim took control of CCTV from Mother Superior,” Missionaries of Jesus Inquiry Commission’s findings on Kerala nun rape case stated.
The Bishop too had denied the allegations saying that the nuns are being used by the anti-church elements. “I feel there are people who are against the church, they’re using these sisters. This is a conspiracy and several people are taking advantage of the situation, they are putting sisters at the forefront,” Franco Mulakkal had said. He added that there were several contradictions in the nun’s statements.