Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Indian Nuns: Arrest Rapist Bishop

Indian Nuns: Arrest Rapist Bishop

Indian Catholic sisters have broken ranks with the church by openly protesting in the streets of the Keralan state capital against a bishop accused of raping a nun.

Denying the allegations, the bishop responded with accusations the nun was retaliating against him for investigating rumors she had broken her vow of chastity. "Though there were earlier instances of allegations of sexual abuse by priests, it is a rare and first-time incident that a nun openly registered protest and submitted a complaint against the bishop".

In her complaint lodged with Kottayam district police, the nun accused Mulakkal of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016. "The church has not given us justice", one of the nuns, Sister Anupama MJ, told the Times of India.

The case has exposed deep ruptures inside Kerala's Roman Catholic church, whose adherents numbered close to 1 million according to the most recent census in 2011.

Responding to a petition seeking a speedy probe, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash had informed the Kerala High Court on August 13 that the probe was proceeding effectively and impartially.

The five nuns of Missionaries of Jesus are determined to get justice. "Let us see if they are holy", he said, news channel NDTV reported.

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Police sources blamed the Kerala flood crisis for the delay and said the investigations were "going in the best manner possible" and all steps had been taken to protect the nuns. "If a nun loses her virginity, she can not be treated as a nun", News18 reported.

Now, the case involving the bishop of Jalandhar also threatens to garner infamy.

What does the police have to say?

Reportedly, a special team has been looking into the case and after a preliminary investigation, it found that the Bishop had abused his position and had raped the nun repeatedly.

The demonstrations started on Saturday and continued throughout the weekend in Thiruvananthapuram, fuelled by an incendiary press conference in which a politician questioned the account of the bishops's alleged victim, a 46-year-old nun, and described her as a prostitute. In 1990, two nuns were raped in the course of a robbery at a church in Gajraula, Uttar Pradesh, the case received global attention, but the trial turned into a travesty of justice when the police tried to establish that the suspects were in custody at the time when the crime was committed. The nun's family said that they would initiate legal action against PC George for his statements and hurting the nun's sentiments.

The National Commission of Women (NCW) on Monday issued George a summons for his remarks against the nun.

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