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Kerala Nun Rape Case: Jalandhar Bishop Mulakkal, accused of raping Kerala Nun, steps down temporarily

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 September 2018, 12:36 IST

Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal accused in Kerala nun rape case has stepped down temporarily after the matter was brought to the notice of the Vatican. The church representative from India is in the Vatican to discuss the issue & is expecting intervention in the coming days, reports ANI.

Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal in a letter states, 'I am likely to be called for further clarifications by investigating officer in Kerala, appoint Rv, Fr Joseph Thekkumkattil & Rev Fr Subin Thekkedathu.'

Earlier, Jalandhar-based Church on Friday released a photograph of a nun who had accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who belongs to the congregation, of rape. After which Kerala Police registered a case against it.

Kerala Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine said legal action should be taken against those who circulated the photo. “Exemplary action should be taken against those who tried to insult the victim. The commission will also look into this matter,” she said.

The nun had approached the Vatican for justice and demanded the bishop's removal as the head of the Jalandhar diocese. She has sought Vatican intervention on questioning why the church was "closing its eyes to the truth" when she had mustered the courage to make public her suffering.

She alleged that Bishop Mulakkal was using "political and money power" to "bury" the case against him. The Kerala nun has accused the Bishop of repeated sexual assault between 2014 and 2016. However, Bishop dismissed the allegations as "baseless and concocted."

Kottayam SP Hari Sankar said police registered the case on a complaint from the nun’s brother under Section 228 (A) of the IPC.

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First published: 15 September 2018, 12:36 IST
 
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