Cops trying to derail probe against Jalandhar Bishop: Nuns

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In a three-page statement issued to media, the congregation also alleged that the protest on the nuns are against faith.

In July this year, the nun filed a complaint with the Kottayam district police chief, alleging that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal had raped her and had unnatural sex with her multiple times at a small town near Kottayam between 2014 and 2016.

The present PILs have been filed alleging that despite the passage of nearly four weeks after the first PIL, no progress has been made in the investigation and that the Bishop was still not arrested. Anapura, a participant in Saturday's protest.

In her letter, the nun, obviously referring to insinuations on her silence after she was first molested, said that she "had tremendous fear and shame to bring this out into the open". "We have charted our plans for the next seven days and would verify and cross-check the evidence against the bishop".

The letter to the ambassador comes even as public support for the aggrieved nun is growing.

The court also asked the state government if adequate security was being provided to the woman and other nuns who are witnesses.

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"They are arranging people to attack us and Bishop Franco is using his political power and money to get higher authorities of the investigation and the government to bury legal proceedings that I have filed against him", the nun charged. "We are ready to go to any extent for ensuring justice to our sister", a nun told protesters here, who held placards demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco. They took her statement too and there were contradictions. How is it possible that she didn't have any complaint 12 times and it only became rape the 13th time? The victim had also alleged that she had received death threats from unknown people two months ago.

Anger is growing at Church authorities for their lack of action.

The letter surfaced as the protest by various Catholic Reform organisations in Kochi seeking justice for the nun entered fourth day Tuesday.

The letter explains numerous incidents in which the nuns of the congregation faced negative experiences from the bishop.

Aneesh Prabhakaran of human rights group Mnushyavakasha Koottayma agreed. The police had recorded her statements several times, but the bishop was interrogated only once, she had alleged.

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