Kerala nun moves women commission against Bishop Franco Mulakkal

Kerala nun moves women commission against Bishop Franco Mulakkal

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Kochi, 23 Oct 2019: The Kerala nun, who allegedly sexually harassed by bishop of Jalandhar diocese Franco Mulakkal, has filed a complaint with the Kerala women commission alleging bishop and his supporters were humiliating her on social media.

Earlier, she had approached the National Commission for Women and the National Human Rights Commission. The nun also accused a YouTube channel of dishing out videos and audio defaming her. She also alleged that some websites had revealed her identity, flouting the Supreme Court directive, a spokesman of the Save Our Sisters (SOS), an outfit formed in solidarity with the nun against the bishop said.

In June 2018, the 43-year-old nun, also a mother superior, had complained to the police that Mulakkal had raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. The nun is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation based in Punjab. But Mulakkal denied all charges saying he was framed after he took action against her for financial irregularities in the convent.

Later the special investigation team arrested him after several rounds of questioning. He was later granted bail. The charge-sheet was filed in the court two months back and trial will begin on Novemeber 11.

The victim and her five fellow nuns who stood up against the bishop are staying at a convent in Kottayam under tight security following the mysterious death of key witness Father Kattuthara, near Jalandhar. Based on the police direction, the convent authorities had installed CCTV cameras, given proper lighting to the roads. Police have also collected details of all inmates and workers of the convent.