The members of the Christian community, supported by the Joint Christian Council, will protest today in Thiruvananthapuram to demand the arrest of Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a 44-year-old nun in Kerala.
The protest will take place in front of the Kerala government secretariat. The nun’s brother alleged that his family was offered 5 crore rupees and 10 acres of land so that withdraw the complaint against the bishop.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Police officials will hold a high level meeting today to decide on action against the accused Jalandhar bishop. The top brass will also chart out plan for interrogating the accused bishop. The Kochi High Court has asked the cops to submit action taken report in the case.
The victim turned towards the Vatican yesterday seeking intervention into the case and demanded the accused be removed as the head of the Jalandhar diocese. She questioned why the Church was “closing its eyes to the truth”. In a letter to Vatican, she alleged that Franco Mulakkal was using “political and money power” to bury the case against him.
Responding to the nun’s letter, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) as well as Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference, has promised that he will try his best to raise the incident with the Pope.
Cardinal Gracias, who is currently in Rome, is already a part of Council of Cardinal Advisers (C9) to the Pope.
The Cardinal said and I quote, ‘I will certainly raise this issue with the superiors here. I will also try to raise it with the Pope if I get an opportunity. The nuncio is very much competent to handle this case on their level.’
Meanwhile, the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of India said that if Bishop Mulakkal was found guilty, they would definitely take action.
The CBCI said and I quote, “This matter demands our intervention. We will most certainly raise it with the holy Pope. But will draw a line. Because we believe that law should take its own course. The investigation is on. Let the truth come out first then we will take an action.”
Unfazed by raging protests against him, accused Jalandhar Bishop in the Kerala nun rape case, Franco Mulakkal, has cried conspiracy saying that several people are trying to take advantage of the situation by putting sisters at the forefront.
Speaking to a news agency, Bishop Mulakkal said that he feels nuns are being used and his critics are taking advantage of the situation.
Talking about the interrogation in the rape case, he said that there were many contradictions in the nun’s statement. He also alleged that the rape allegation against him is nothing but a conspiracy against the church.?