New Delhi, Sep 9 : The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Sunday demanded punitive against the Independent MLA PC George’s ‘prostitute’ remark against a Kerala nun, who has accused Jalandhar-based Bishop Franco Mullackal of raping her 13 times over a period of two years from 2014.
In an interaction with media, PC George questioned the character of the nun and called her – a prostitute.
“Is there any doubt that the nun is a prostitute? 12 times it was pleasure, 13th time it became a rape? Where was she when it happened 12 times? Whom is she telling this to? Why did she not complain on the first time it happened?… Let the three sisters be examined. Let us see if they are holy,” said the lawmaker from Poonjar, while speaking on the charges against Bishop Mullackal.
In her complaint filed, the 46-year-old nun alleged that she was sexually abused 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
The MLA is known for giving controversial statements about women, earlier he made insensitive remarks against an actress who was abducted and sexually assaulted in a car in Kochi.
Condemning the statement, NCW chief Rekha Sharma demanded strict action against the MLA. “I am ashamed of such lawmakers who are giving these statements instead of helping women. NCW has already taken up the matter & we will write to DGP demanding strict action against him,” she was quoted as saying by ANI.
On Saturday, members of various Catholic reformation organisations took to the streets to protest the alleged laxity in the probe against the bishop Franco Mullackal.
A group of Catholic nuns on Sunday opposed a Crime Branch probe into a case where a bishop allegedly sexually abused a nun.
“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, Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar.