Kerala nuns join protest against Jalandhar bishop accused of rape

In a first, five nuns joined a public protest in Kochi on Saturday to demand the immediate arrest of a bishop who has been accused of raping a nun. “We have been knocking on the doors of the church and the government. There is nobody to help us in our cause,’’ said Sister Anupama, one of the nuns who participated in the protest.

Five nuns from the convent in Kuravilangad joined family members of the nun who has alleged that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal had sexually abused her multiple times. The protest was held symbolically in front of the Kerala High Court in Kochi.

According to ANI, Commenting on the incident, National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma had stated, “I met the nun in person, who was in a deep trauma. She was crying. She was protesting against the Bishop and demanding justice for herself. I have seen her being denounced by the church. She was denied basic facilities like ration and stipend. On that bishop, I have written to the Home Ministry as the Punjab government and Kerala police have not done anything. The bishop should be punished.”