Alappuzha: After Father Kuriakose Kattuthara death, it is now Sister Anupama who has been heckled by several people. She was asked by people to leave the cemetery where the funeral of Father Kattuthara was going on. A section of the faithful protested Sister Anupama’s presence.

The incident comes to light just days after rape accused Father Franco Mulakkal was granted bail by the court. Mulakkal, who was granted conditional bail on October 15, had received a rousing welcome from his followers and supporters when he returned to Jalandhar.

Kattuthara, a priest who had also testified against Mulakkal was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Dasuya in northern Punjab some three days ago. The postmortem was held at Jalandhar and body brought to Kerala on Wednesday.

Reacting to the incident, Anupama, who was accompanied by other nuns, broke down and said she was “deeply hurt” by the protests. “I am from this place. I know Father Kattuthara for many years. He has seen me as his own daughter… We have only stood for truth,” she said.

In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the rape victim alleged that Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions. However, Mulakkal denied the charges as “baseless and concocted,” insisting she levelled those as the Catholic order had rejected her demand for favours.