Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar Diocese has sought anticipatory bail from the Kerala High Court pertaining to rape of a nun, which is likely to be heard during the course of the day, news agency PTI reported. As per the report, the 54 year old bishop had claimed that the allegations heaped by the nun from the same Jalandhar Diocese is wholly concocted and cooked up only to to wreak vengeance for the actions taken by him on various complaints received against her. Claiming innocence, the bishop also said the complaint was nothing but a fictional story by the nun.
Earlier, in a letter dated September 16, 2018, sent to Pope Francis of the Vatican, Bishop Mulakkal had sought permission to demit office temporarily, saying he needed more time to travel to Kerala and fight the case. The bishop also issued a circular delegating Monsignor Mathew Kokkandum to administer the activities of Diocese on his behalf as he was issued a notice by the Kerala Police to appear before it on September 19, 2018 for further investigations, noted the report.
As per the case, a nun from the Catholic congregation of Missionaries of Jesus in Jalandhar had lodged a police complaint against Bishop Mulakkal as early as June this year, alleging that he raped her and further subjected her to unnatural sex as many as thirteen times from 2014 at a convent located at Kuravilangad in Kerala. The nun accused the bishop of sending lewd messages and obscene pictures over the mobile phone and the nun had already informed Cardinal George Alancherry, Head, Syro-Malabar Church in Kochi regarding the abuse. What is more, Cardinal Alencherry has claimed that the nun had talked about the “torture” at the congregation, but did not mention sexual abuse. As the Church took no action, the nun approached the police. The nun also alleged that Bishop Mulakkal is using political and money power to bury the case against him. Apparently, the nun had sought an urgent intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded the bishop’s removal as the head of the Jalandhar diocese, questioning why the church was “closing its eyes to the truth” when she had mustered the courage to make her suffering public, added the report.