Kerala, Jan 27 : In a letter to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Save our Sisters (SoS) has urged the government to provide protection and act as the rape survivor and the other five nuns who supported her in the case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, are facing threat of being separated and sent away from Kerala by the Missionaries of Jesus.
A nun had in 2018 accused Mulakkal of confining her to a room at a convent in Kerala’s Kuravilangad district and raping her repeatedly over a period of two months.
The rape survivor and the other five nuns with the same congregation are still battling for justice and are facing imminent threat of being separated and sent away from Kerala by the Missionaries of Jesus.
The letter addressed to Chief minister stated, “We urge govt to ensure their lives are not endangered by enforcing transfer order. We call upon govt to initiate immediate action to forestall the move to remove them, from their present convent where govt is giving protection, till trial is completed”.
The SIT was formed under the command of the Kottayam DSP to investigate the accusations. Based on their findings, Bishop Franco was sent to the Pala sub-jail where he was lodged for about three weeks before being granted interim bail by the Kerala High Court.
SOS has been demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco as there are possibilities of him influencing key witnesses.