Sister Anupama who is one of the nuns who was ordered to leave the convent by the Missionaries of Jesus has said that she and the other nuns will not leave the place till the rape survivor nun receives justice.
The four nuns who have been supporting the rape survivor nun were sent a transfer letter from the church body to leave the Kuravilangad convent and go to their previous ones.
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 the rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal has support from the Missionaries of Jesus and other church bodies but there are alone in their fight.
Here is her comment to the media:
"This transfer order is an attempt to split us and destabilizes mentally and emotionally. This is in fact copy of the letter that we received in March last year, the transfer order asking has to return to our respective convents. Now they have send this letter as a disciplinary action against us. We are not going anywhere until the case is over and unless our sister is served justice. We are not leaving this place. This order comes at a time when they cannot even give us proper protection in the Convent. We do not have any guarantee that people who are not protection us here will give us protection in any other place like Bihar or Punjab.
They are claiming that they do not have money and they do not have any obligation to protect us, but then how can they serve as this transfer order and take an action a disciplinary action against us. We are considering this as an act of vengeance for sure. Many people are supporting Bishop Franco already the Missionaries of Jesus or Syro-Malabar or even the Latin churches are already supporting but there is no one to support us the victims."
In the transfer order sent on January 10, 2019, four of the five nuns who supported their fellow rape survivor nun have been asked to leave the Kuravilangad convent in what appears to be an effort to isolate the nuns, and to break their collective strength. Each of them has been asked to return to the convent they were previously assigned by the Missionaries of Jesus.
Earlier in the case, the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, which has been under the spotlight over the controversy swirling around Kerala nun rape case accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, has published a statement in its monthly newsletter imploring devotees to boycott the media.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal was granted a conditional bail on October 15, following which he received a hero's welcome in Jalandhar on the very next day. This was the Bishop's second attempt to get the bail.