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Bishop Accused Of Rape: Is The Church Covering Up Sexual Abuse?

Bishop Accused Of Rape: Is The Church Covering Up Sexual Abuse?

Indian Catholic sisters have broken ranks with the church by openly protesting in the streets of the Keralan state capital against a bishop accused of raping a nun.

She demanded removal of the Jalandhar Bishop from the post, alleging that by continuing in the position, Franco and his close associates "are using the wealth of the diocese to divert" the course of the police investigation.

As the nun shot off the lengthy letter to Giambattista Diquattro, the Vatican representative in India, the "Missionaries of Jesus", a congregation to which she belongs, came out against her and five other nuns, who are staging a protest seeking justice, accusing them of "spreading blatant lies" against the Bishop. I have seen her being denounced by the church.

But supporters of the Missionaries of Jesus nun are vowing to keep up the pressure.

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Following this, the Kerala Police have initiated action against George. "The nun even helped and co-ordinated his programmes across Kerala till 2016.Even a small child will know that this is not possible if a persona has been forcefully violated", the statement said. The Kottayam district police chief also directed the head of the SIT to record the survivor's statement. "The church has not given us justice", one of the nuns, Sister Anupama MJ, told the Times of India. "It is the 76th day since the petition was filed and still police have not taken a major step in the investigation", he said. The protest has been called by the Joint Christian Council. A case was registered by the Kottayam police on 28 June and Mulakkal is said to have been questioned last month. The accused had allegedly threatened to disclose the nun's confessions, made in the church, and used it to draw sexual favours. The nuns say they have been denied justice by church authorities and police.

"I am not saying that the Bishop hasn't done any wrong, but when you weigh his character against that of this nun, it is evident she is not above reproach".

The police also dismissed protesters allegations that they were biased in any way and said that there were a "lot of contradictions" in the statements given by the nun, witnesses and accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese and that a decision on further action would be taken after clearing all the doubts.

In the September 8 letter, a copy of which is available with the media Tuesday, she alleged that the Bishop and his associates were luring people to take a stand supportive of them by assuring them properties and other forms of wealth. "A very strong investigation is being carried out in the case".

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