New Delhi: The four nuns who were given transfer orders for reportedly campaigning against rape accused and former Bishop, Franco Mulakkal, are no longer required to move out of the convent where they are staying with the survivor nun, the church said on Saturday.

Apostolic administrator in charge of the congregation Bishop Agnelo has written a letter to the four nuns protesting against Mulakkal. The letter reads, “There will be no move from Diocese of Jalandhar to oust you from Kuravilangad Church as long as you are needed for the court case.”

On January 16, the four nuns who protested against rape accused bishop Franco Mulakkal had been transferred by Catholic Church in Kerala from its Missionaries of Jesus convent. Sister Alphy Pallasseril, Anupama Kelamangalathuveliyil, Josephine Villoonnickal and Ancitta Urumbil had been transferred back to the convents they were previously assigned by the Church. While Sister Anupama had been given marching orders to go back to Punjab, Sister Ancitta to Kannur in Kerala, Sister Alphy to Bihar and Sister Josephine to Jharkhand.

The nuns in Kerala had received their transfer orders way back in March 2018 by the Missionaries of Jesus Congregation. In a letter to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, an NGO named Save Our Sisters (SOS) had demanded immediate action to stall the transfer order of the nuns who protested against Mullakkal.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) had also written to Vijayan on February 6 requesting him to “take prompt action to ensure prevention of sabotage of material evidence and witnesses in the pending case against rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, so that justice may prevail.”

Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun from May 5, 2014, to May 6, 2016, at the St Francis Mission Home in Kuruvilangad. Father Kuriakose Kattuthara _ their colleague _ was found dead at a church in Hoshiarpur’s Dasuya in October last year, months after he deposed against Mulakkal in the rape case.