The Kerala High Court on Monday directed Kerala government to inform about the steps taken by the Special Investigation Team of the Kerala Police probing the case of alleged rape of a nun by bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Roman Catholic Church. A bench comprising of Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice AK Jayansankaran Nambiar inquired whether the bishop was questioned by the team in Jalandhar when it went there about a month ago. It also asked the police to inform about the steps taken after the Jalandhar visit.
Considering a plea filed by George Joseph K of the Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement seeking a court-monitored probe into the case, the court asked why no steps have been taken to ensure the nun's safety and security.
"Law is above all other things and it will take its own course," the court said and posted the case to Thursday for further hearing.
Meanwhile, three days after Kerala MLA PC George gave out a derogatory statement made against a nun who was allegedly raped by Bishop Franco Mulakkal, Kerala State Police will record the statement of the nun. This comes as the first step before registering a case against the independent MLA. After the victim issues a statement, the police can then go ahead and register a case for outraging the modesty of a woman against the MLA.
PC George, an Independent MLA from Kerala, waded into a controversy over his statements on the Kerala nun. While addressing the media, PC George questioned the character of the nun and said:
"Do you have any doubt that she is a prostitute? She enjoyed 12 times, suddenly it became rape on the 13th time? Why didn't she complain when it happened 12 times? Where was she then? 12 times she did not say a word and suddenly complained now. There was no complaint when it happened the first time".
Earlier, the Church declared war against the Kerala nun. The Missionaries of Jesus issued a press statement on Monday rejecting the allegations levelled against the Bishop. The Church also sought to defend the accused Bishop in the case and took on the victim instead.
The Missionaries of Jesus in Jalandhar has lashed out at the nun and said the “innocent Bishop is being crucified with baseless allegations,” adding, “our Bishop did not rape.”
While issuing a press release slamming the victim nun, the Missionaries of Jesus said the victim alleged that the Bishop raped her since 5th of May 2014, but “even after the said date, the same nun had invited the Bishop to her family functions and the Bishop had also attended the said functions. Even after May 5 2014, the Sister had coordinated various programmes of the Bishop during his visit to Kerala and had also travelled with the Bishop.”