Police say Bishop Franco Mulakkal may be arrested in a day or two

Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been forced to step down and his resignation has been accepted by the Vatican. He may be arrested by today or tomorrow, says DGP

Police say Bishop Franco Mulakkal may be arrested in a day or two

New Delhi, Sep 20, News24 Bureau: Bishop Franco Mulakal may be behind the bars, anytime now. According to reports, the DGP has said that decision to arrest Bishop Franco Mulakkal will be taken in a day or two. According to reports, the Vatican has accepted his resignation. Jalandar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been asked by the Catholic Bishop Conference to step down. The bishop has been relieved of his duties and a new bishop will take his place.

In July this year, the nun filed a complaint with the Kottayam district police chief, alleging that 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 NCW chairperson said the nun was allegedly facing discrimination after levelling sexual assault charges and that she was not getting support from the church.

 National Commission for Women has sent a letter to Kerala MLA PC Geroge, saying, it has taken cognisance of the news report in which the MLA has made objectionable statements about the nun who has filed a complaint of rape against a Roman Catholic Bishop. The NCW has asked him to appear before it on October 4.

George, an Independent MLA from Poonjar, told the media on September 8, that the nun, who has accused Bishop Franco of raping her repeatedly, is a prostitute, and that she enjoyed it for 12 times and hence, cannot cry rape the 13th time.

Sister Anupama, one of the nuns sitting on protest demanding justice for the complainant, told ANI that they were being pressurised. "Even if it's one time or 13 times, it's rape. We're fighting for that. Our fight is for the world, for all the women who are the victims of rape."

With Agencies

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