Bishop Franco Mulakkal acquitted: A court in Kottayam in Kerala on Friday acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal of charges of raping a nun. After this decision, the nuns supporting the victim expressed their displeasure over the court’s decision and expressed their disappointment and said that their struggle will continue till justice is done. The happy looking bishop asked his followers ,Praise the Lord and be happy, appealed to.
While acquitting the bishop, the judge of the Additional District Court of Kottayam in his order said that the victim’s claim that she 13 was raped, His sole testimony is not worth relying on. Underlining that the testimony of the victim has not been consistent, The court said that in the pain shared by the victim with her comrades, it was said that her ,the bishop, not bowing to sexual desires ,nuns, being harassed, Wherein the victim said in her statement in the court that 13 Many times she has been raped.
Underlining that the victim had first told the doctor that she had not had sex with, The court referred to various judgments and observed that the statement of the victim has been repeatedly,In view of the changed times, the court is of the view that he cannot be treated as a convincing witness nor can he be held to be wholly credible. The court said that apart from the statement of the victim ,There is no other solid evidence to substantiate the prosecution’s case.,
the nuns said, Will appeal against the decision
The victim and her supportive nun live in Kuravilangad Convent in South Kerala. Sister Anupama, who has been the face of the struggle of the nuns for justice, said that she will definitely challenge this decision in the higher court and will take forward the fight of her helpless ally. They said,Those who are rich and influential can do anything in this society. This is what we see around us in society. We didn’t feel anything strange till the time we debated the matter, We believe that after ,to the case, was spoiled.,
nun june 2018 I had alleged in my complaint to the police that 2014 From 2016 In between, Mulakkal had sexually abused her. He was then Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Kottayam district police 2018 In itself, a case of rape was registered against the bishop. The special investigation team investigating the case sent the bishop to September 2018 was arrested and held hostage on them, to rape, He was charged with having unnatural sex and making criminal intimidation. case in November 2019 hearing began in, that 10 was completed in January.
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