Couple days back, a nun from Kerala accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese of sexual abuse and rape after which there was a massive outrage against him in Kerala. The nun alleged that the Bishop had raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and continued to sexually abuse her many times after the incident.
The nun said that she had first approached the Syro-Malabar Church authorities and requested action against the Bishop. However there was no action taken against him which ultimately made her register complaint with the police. The Bishop to save guard himself filed a counter complaint against the nun accusing her of taking revenge against him after he initiated a disciplinary action against her. He also said that the nun’s family was threatening him of rape charges if action against her is not withdrawn.
Following development, Kerala MLA P C George has come out in open support of the rape accused Bishop and termed the nun who complained against a PROSTITUTE.
In his statement to the press, he said “No one has doubt that the nun is a prostitute. 12 times she enjoyed it and the 13th time it is rape? Why didn’t she complain the first time.”
He further went to say that “A nun is supposed to be a virgin. Like the mother of Jesus. If a nun loses her virginity, she cannot be treated as a nun.”
His ridiculous and atrocious statement against the nun has shown the real face of the so-called leaders of Kerala. But the sad part here is none of the flag bearers of women rights and human rights have not spoken a word of protest against this shameless MLA who has shown the atrocity to call a rape victim prostitute.
When Kathua rape issue came up, the Bollywood stars and many leaders from Left, Congress jumped on streets holding placards, have gone mute over the issue. Rahul Gandhi who would love to give his Gyan to BJP/RSS has suspiciously fallen deaf and dumb over the nun rape issue.
However, the NCW has come in support of the nun and extended all help for her fight for justice. Condemning the statement, NCW chief Rekha Sharma demanded strict action against the MLA. “I am ashamed of such lawmakers who are giving these statements instead of helping women. NCW has already taken up the matter & we will write to DGP demanding strict action against him,” she was quoted as saying by ANI.
NCW Chief Rekha Sharma said that she met the nun personally and learnt that the nun was being treated badly by the Church by denying her all rights and basic facilities and has been denounced by the so-called religious heads.
I met her in person. She was protesting against the Bishop&demanding justice for herself.I've seen her being denounced by the church. She was denied basic facilities like ration&stipend: Rekha Sharma, NCW Chief on Kerala nun who levelled rape allegations against Jalandhar Bishop. pic.twitter.com/0kBwRpI8mj
— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2018
But the nuns from a convent in Kottayam, to which the ‘rape’ survivor belonged, claim that there has been massive pressure from the Bishop side to sabotage the investigation and prove that the women were at fault. The nuns also took out a protest against the church demanding justice. The nuns claimed the police officers were trying to delay the probe into the case to save the Bishop.
“We have been knocking on the doors of the church and the government. There is nobody to help us in our cause,’’ Sister Anupama, one of the nuns who participated in the protest organised by the Joint Christian Council, had said. “The bishop has political clout in Kerala as well as Punjab. He is using money to influence everyone,’’ she alleged.
“We have full faith in the investigation being carried out by the Deputy Superintendent of Police. But the top police officials are not giving him permission to take the Bishop into custody and do his custodial interrogation.”
“They are not allowing him to carry out a free and fair investigation. They are delaying the probe and trying to sabotage the case,” one of the nuns told reporters at Kuravilangadu in Kottayam district.”
It is shame that the Churches have now turned into a rape hub. It is only now that nuns and sisters are coming in open exposing the dark side of the so-called religious institutes. There should be a tough action against these fake Bishops who are misusing their positions against women.