Kerala nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal's arrest soon?

Catholic bishop accused of raping nun arrested by Indian police

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the head of the Diocese of Jalandhar, who is now facing probe after a Kerala nun accused him of rape, has reportedly been questioned by the Kerala Police at the Kochi Crime Branch Office in Tripunithura on September 19.

Kerala had witnessed a huge public outcry and an unprecedented public protest by five fellow nuns of the victim seeking the Bishop's arrest.

The nun with the Missionaries of Jesus order filed a police complaint in June accusing the bishop of raping her from 2014 to 2016.

Mr Sankar told reporters on Friday that the police would now investigate charges of rape, illegal confinement, unnatural sex and intimidation.

The arrest of bishop Franco Mulakkal for raping a nun got a mixed response in Jalandhar with some members of the Christian community distributing candies and church representatives saying that the action was taken under pressure. Agitations have been on for days, after there was a delay in the Kerala Police acting on the complaint.

The protest has gathered momentum with Christian bodies, activists, writers and locals joining in and notching up demand for the bishop's arrest.

"In my absence, Mathew Kokkandam will administer the diocese as in the normal practice when I am away", bishop Mulakkal said in a September 13 circular, reported NDTV. Sahota said the bishop appointed for the Jalandhar diocese should be a Punjabi. The statement said that the nuns have been influenced by some people to take such a step.

The Bishop's arrest led to quiet celebrations at Kochi's Vanchi Square, where sisters of the Missionaries of Jesus in Kottayam - Anupama, Alphy, Josephine, Neena Rose and Anaitha - along with many others had been protesting for the past 14 days demanding the arrest of the Bishop.

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