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Kerala nun who alleged rape by bishop writes to the Vatican

Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 12, 2018, 01.41 PM (IST)

In the sexual abuse case of Kerala nun, the document, submitted on August 13, 2018, reveals that as per initial investigation, the nun was repeatedly raped by Bishop Franco Mullakal, reported ANI.

The affidavit submitted by the DySP K Subhash, who is probing the case, before the Kerala High Court states, "During the course of the investigation so far conducted and the available evidences collected so far, it is revealed that the accused Bishop Franco committed unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on different dates from 05/05/2014 to 23/09/2016 on the complainant against the will and consent of her abusing his dominance over her as Bishop of Jalandhar after confining her in the guest room number 20 of St Francis Bishop Home Kuruvilangadu."

The nun who has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar diocese of raping her has petitioned the Vatican representative in India, alleging that the clergyman was using “political and money power” to bury the case, and sought his removal from the post.

In a letter to Giambattista Diquattro, Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio (a diplomatic mission), the nun said she had turned to the church authorities for justice.

She alleged that the bishop and his close associates “are using the wealth of the diocese to divert” the course of the police investigation.

Her missive comes amid protests by a group of nuns and others against the delay in taking action against the bishop, who has been accused of rape and unnatural sex with the complainant multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

“They are arranging people to attack us, and bishop Franco is using his political power and money to get higher authorities of the investigation and the government to bury legal proceedings that I have filed against him,” the nun charged.

A supporter of the bishop and Independent MLA PC George on Saturday made an outrageous statement that “when the nun lost her virginity, she ceased to be a nun and should have given up her religious habit... Why did she not complain and remained silent during 12 occasions of rape and came out with the complaint only after the 13th occasion?” he said at a press conference.

(With inputs from agencies)