Thiruvananthapuram: In a letter to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, an NGO named Save Our Sisters (SOS) demanded immediate action to forestall the transfer order of the nuns who protested against the rape accused Bishop Franco Mullakkal. Currently, the nuns are receiving government protection at their convent.

The five nuns who had protested against Mulakkal were transferred by the Catholic Church in Kerala from the Missionaries of Jesus convent in Kuravilangad. They were later asked to move out of the congregation’s premises as per the order.

Supporting the cause of the nuns, the SOS had written to the state chief minister seeking protection. As quoted by news agency ANI, the letter read: “The rape survivor & the other five nuns who supported her in the case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal are facing an imminent threat of being separated & sent away from Kerala by the Missionaries of Jesus.” Therefore, the SOS has asked the state government to initiate measures to stall their transfer order until the trial is completed.

The five nuns namely Sr Alphy Pallasseril, Sr Anupama Kelamangalathuveliyil, Sr Josephine Villoonnickal, Sr Ancitta Urumbil, Sr Neena Rose conducted an indefinite strike last year, near the Kerala High Court premises in Kochi, demanding the immediate arrest of the rape-accused Franco Mulakkal.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy in India, was arrested on September 21, 2018, amid mounting public outrage. He was arrested by Kerala police after intense interrogation over the last three days. The nun had accused the 54-year old clergyman for repeatedly raping and having unnatural sex with her between 2014 and 2016.

(With Agency inputs)