20 September, 2020

Success Of Nuns’ Protest Stirs Kerala’s Political Soup

A nun had alle­ged that the bishop of Jalandhar, Fra­nco Mul­akkal, 54, had confined and raped her several times bet­ween 2014 and 2016 at a convent in Kuruvilangad.

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Kerala police ­arrested Franco Mulakkal on September 21
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Success Of Nuns’ Protest Stirs Kerala’s Political Soup
outlookindia.com
2018-09-28T13:06:05+05:30

The protest by five nuns of the congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus on the streets of Kochi, Kerala, was singular in many ways. For the first time in the history of the Catholic Chu­rch in India, these nuns, who had taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, took to the streets in an act of def­iance, alleging inaction by the church and the police. A nun had alle­ged that the bishop of Jalandhar, Fra­nco Mul­akkal, 54, had confined and raped her several times bet­ween 2014 and 2016 at a convent in Kuruvilangad. When the church failed to act on her accusation, the nun filed a complaint with the police in June this year. But even after interrogating Mulakkal and filing an affidavit confirming rape with the Kerala High Court, the police hesitated to arrest him. The nuns took to the streets and, after a 14-day sit-in and mounting public pressure, Mulakkal was arres­ted. He is now in judicial custody.

The public rallied behind the protesters, who found solidarity across religious lines and professional platforms—stemming from...

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