Kochi, Sep 9 : The nuns of the Catholic convent near Kottayam in Kerala started an indefinite fast programme organised by the Joint Christian Council and demanded arrest of the bishop of Jalandhar who is accused of raping their fellow nun.Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal had sexually abused her multiple times. The protest was held symbolically in front of the Kerala High Court in Kochi.
A group of nuns attached to a Catholic convent near Kottayam to which the alleged victim also belonged, opposed a Crime Branch probe into a case .”We have heard that a Crime Branch probe is being planned. This is only meant to delay the proceedings. We are happy with the present police probe. The higher officials do not want us to get justice,” a group member told the media.
On Saturday, the nuns attached to a Catholic convent near Kottayam to which the alleged victim also belonged, started an indefinite fast programme organised by the Joint Christian Council here to pressurise the state government to act against the accused,
The protest was called due to the fact that since the case was registered 75 days ago, the police have taken 12 statements from the victim while only one from the accused bishop.
Meanwhile, Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behra has dismissed claims of a Crime Branch probe.
“I am yet to review the case as it is being handled by the Inspector General (IG) of Police. The IG is happy with the progress in the investigation,” Behra told the media on Sunday.
Sources closed to the victim said that a press conference which she was slated to address has been cancelled and will now directly approach the Kerala High Court seeking justice.
In June, the victim alleged that Mulakkal sexually abused her several times between 2014 to 2016.
An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent.
However, Mulakkal has denied any wrongdoing.