The #MeToo campaign, a crusade against the sexual predators, has broken out in India in a big way and has exposed molesters from almost all the fields. From media to film industry, the mask is off. At this moment, how can Indians forget the Me too moment in the Indian church.
Few of the nuns had showed courage and exposed the harassment they had undergone from the Bishop Franco Mullakkal. But now in what is called as a shocking incident, the Changanacherry-based Catholic Federation has threatened to remove the nuns from the convent.
Catholic Federation of India President P P Joseph said “If the Save Our Sisters (SOS) begins the second phase protest against the Catholic church, we will launch our protest to oust the nuns from the convent”.
The claim of Catholic Federation of India is that the nuns are illegally staying at the Missionaries of Jesus convent in Kuravilangad. But the people who protested against the bishop alleged that the church is trying to demolish the case against the Bisshop.
That’s why the supporters of the nun said that they are planning to launch another round of protest to ensure justice. SOS Action Council convenor. Fr Augustine Vattoly also told that the Bishop alleged of sexual harassment is also having a very strong political connection. He said “The visit of bishops and political leaders in Pala Sub Jail shows the conspiracy”.
Women who are sexually harassed rarely come out in open to name and shame their molesters. When they do so, the entire society must join hands with them until they get justice. But here the nun who suffered and the people who stood by her are again harassed.
Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) said in a statement that “Cardinal George Alancherry, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis and Cardinal Oswald Gracias presently in Rome for the Synod of Bishops, have met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state, with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples, and with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation of the Churches, to share our thoughts on Jalandhar issue”.
“We were assured that the Holy See is closely following developments and is awaiting the result of a police investigation. We reiterated our confidence in the Judicial system of India, and trust the full truth will emerge and justice will be done for all” he added.
This is not a battle between the nuns and the accused Bishop but is a battle between the good and bad. Now it is the responsibility of each and every Indian to support the nun. Hope the nun gets justice and not harassed further.
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