In a huge victory for the Kerala nuns who were standing in support to the rape-victim nun, the church body had withdrawn their transfer order.
The Missionaries of Jesus had ordered the five nuns to transfer out of the Kuravilangad convent and go to their previous ones. The transfer letter from the church body told the nuns to leave the Kuravilangad convent and go to their previous ones. The order has now been revoked till the case against rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal is in court.
Bishop Agnelo wrote to the nuns informing them they can stay in the Kuruvilangad convent. He has said the nuns can stay in the convent until the case concludes. Other reason is the security of the nuns which neither the church nor the state governments have ensured that they will provide.
The nuns had been protesting against the transfer order by the mother superior of Missionaries of Jesus congregation.
The letter revoking the transfer orders:
After the transfer order was sent to them, Sister Anupama who is one of the nuns exclusively spoke to Republic TV saying that she and the other nuns will not leave the place till the rape survivor nun receives justice.
Sister Anupama has said that the nuns will continue their fight and added that they cannot move outside Kerala as there is a threat to their lives outside the state and no guarantee of protection by the authorities. She also said that the transfer letter was an act of vengeance by the church body.
She added that the rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal has support from the Missionaries of Jesus and other church bodies but there are alone in their fight.
Pertaining to the Kerala nun rape case, a protest had broken out in Kochi against Archbishop Franco Mulakkal on January 20, who threatened a crackdown if spoken against the Church.
A day before, the nuns wrote to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking protection and intervention. In the letter, the nuns spoke of how they feel unsafe and that the accused Bishop is powerful.
According to ANI, the letter read:
"We and Sr. Neena Rose who is also an inmate in the house are facing imminent threats from the de-facto complainant's side. We think it is our duty to support and 'to be with' the victim of rape, who is our colleague/a sister. The recent developments show that we are not safe in any aspects considering the power, influence and the past activities of the other side."