In India, nun accuses bishop of rape

Catholic News Agency | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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New Delhi, India, Jul 12, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- Authorities are investigating Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar after a Kerala nun accused him of raping her in 2014 and sexually abusing her on multiple occasions over two years—but the bishop strenuously denies the claims and charges that the nun is accusing him to avoid disciplinary action.

Bishop Mulakkal, 54, heads a Roman Catholic diocese in the northern India state of Punjab. He oversees the alleged victim’s Missionaries of Jesus religious congregation.

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The congregation is based in Jalandhar but has a convent in the Diocese of Palai, in Kerala State.

The nun has said the rape took place during the bishop’s May 2014 visit to the convent in Kerala. In a 72-page complaint to police, filed June 29, she alleged that the bishop sexually abused her over a dozen times over two years.

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For his part, Bishop Mulakkal has claimed the allegations were made in retaliation against him because he has acted against the nun’s sexual misconduct, the bishop told UCA News. He said the nun was alleged to be having an affair with the husband of her cousin.

“She threatened to quit the order,” the bishop said, claiming that the nun sought a dispensation so that she could marry.

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However, she “withdrew the application and continued to threaten me with sex allegations,” the bishop said, in a UCA News report published July 2.

Bishop Mlakkal claimed that when he took action against the nun, her brother threatened to kill him.

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Father Peter Kavumkal, the vicar-general of the Jalandhar diocese, told UCA News that the nun’s congregation had planned to dismiss her July 2.

“It is all planned and timed to blackmail the bishop from taking punitive action against her,” the priest charged, claiming that the diocese went to police first.

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Fr. Kavumkal filed a June 22 complaint in both...
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