New Delhi: The brother of the Kerala nun who filed a rape complaint against a bishop has alleged that he was offered a bribe of Rs 5 crore to withdraw the complaint, according to an NDTV report. Also Read - Shameful! Headmaster Takes Bribe From Students While Distributing School Certificates in Bihar's Champaran
He said that a relative of Franco Mulakkal approached his friend and conveyed that they are ready to give Rs 5 crore if the nun withdraws the complaint. Also Read - After 12-Year-Old Egg Vendor Refuses to Pay Rs 100 Bribe, Indore Civic Body Officials Topple His Cart | Watch
For the last five days, five nuns are protesting near the Kerala High Court against the delay in action against the bishop. Also Read - 'Lessons in Corruption': UP Cop Brags How He Earned Lots of Money Through Bribes In a Leaked Audio Clip, Suspended
The nun who had accused Bishop of Jalandhar of raping her multiple times has written to The Vatican seeking justice. In her petition, she alleged that the bishop was trying to subdue the case with his “political and money power”.
In a seven-page letter dated September 8 addressed to the Apostolic Nunciature – the representative of the Holy See in India – the nun described the ordeal she allegedly went through at the hands of the Bishop. She also mentioned about the trauma that she has been facing ever since she spoke about the abuse.
Alleging the church authorities of inaction, the nun wrote, “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.”
She added, “It will have a very adverse effect on women in the Indian Church that they have no other option than to react in a manner that safeguards their dignity as human persons even at the cost of losing their catholic faith.”
On the other hand, Mulakkal alleged that the rape allegation was a conspiracy against the church.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Bishop Mulakkal said that he feels nuns are being used by the people and several others are taking advantage of the situation.
“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, accused of allegedly raping a nun, said. Speaking of the interrogation in the rape case, he said that there were many contradictions in the nun’s statement.