Indian Nuns: Arrest Rapist Bishop

Minnie Murray
September 12, 2018

"There are some elements in Kerala who have been misusing nuns to achieve their hidden agenda", he said.

The congregation's statement repeated the same claim and argument.

He added that no other nun had filed evidence against the bishop and that there was not of yet any scientific evidence to substantiate the rape charges.

The bench of the Kerala High Court also wanted to know whether the Bishop was questioned by the team in Jalandhar when it went there about a month ago and directed the police to inform it of the steps taken by it after that.

Indian Catholic sisters have broken ranks with the church by openly protesting in the streets of the Kerala state capital against a bishop accused of raping a nun.

The five nuns of Missionaries of Jesus are determined to get justice.

"Being a religious sister who is denied justice from the congregation authority and from the Church authority of Latin and Syro Malabar Churches, once again I implore your mercy on my situation".

Noting that she felt the Catholic church was still doubting her over the argument as to why she allowed him to sexually abuse her multiple times, the nun said she had tremendous fear and shame to bring this out into the open. I have seen her being denounced by the church. "Your highness, I would like to ask: Will the Church authority -who stand to protect Bishop Franco and safeguard the dignity of the Church by hiding his wickedness- be able to give back what I have lost?" she asked in the letter.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) President Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto. The police will decide whether the accused bishop should be summoned for questioning in this case. "I am a law abiding citizen", the Bishop told television channels in Jalandhar. They said that she was to meet the media for the first time on Sunday but had since backed out after George's comments.

Terming the language used by the MLA as "deeply disturbing", NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said the Commission seriously condemns "such objectionable and derogatory statements made by a person who occupies responsible position in the society".

"At this moment, whatever is going on is not justifiable".

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