The Missionaries of Jesus has issued another statement on the Kerala nun rape case, continuing its slander campaign against the rape survivor nun. In the fresh statement, the Church body has said that the nun had a “questionable character and she had an illicit relationship with a taxi driver”.
In the 3-page press release, the Church body has continued with its character assassination of the nun, saying, “after investigation by Missionaries of Jesus, it was found that the nun was in a relationship with husband of another woman (the nun’s relative) who complained to Bishop Franco. He ordered an investigation into the same and now the nun is accusing the Bishop.”
The statement while further maligning the victim’s image claimed that she is doing all this to ‘hide her own misdoings’, adding, “We are planning to go to the court against the nun for maligning the Church and the congregation.”
The Church body also slammed those supporting the nun, saying, “eminent political and cultural personalities making false statements without knowing the truth.”
It also took on the Kerala police for supporting the nun, saying, “Kerala police is supporting the nun. That’s why such allegations are being levelled against the Bishop.The nun is spreading utter lies. If we don’t protest against this conspiracy, we will have to face the consequences from God.”
Earlier on Monday, while declaring war against the Kerala nun, the Missionaries of Jesus had issued a press statement, rejecting the allegations levelled against the Bishop. The Church has sought to defend the accused Bishop in the case and took on the victim instead.
Meanwhile, the victim nun has written to the Vatican seeking justice. In the 7 page letter, the nun spoke about "sexual exploitation” she suffered in the hands of the Bishop for two years, from 2014 to 2016. She also mentioned the "continued torture through various means" that forced her to think about "leaving the congregation silently in May 2017".