The Kerala police has registered a case against the Missionaries of Jesus for revealing the photo of the alleged rape victim in the Bishop Franco Mulakkal rape case. The relatives of the nun, aggrieved by the public exposure of the photo of the victim, raised a complaint, following which the police filed a case.
It all stems after the church went all out attack against the nun and her supporters on Friday morning. The Missionaries of Jesus not only attacked the nun, accusing her of lying, but also ended up making her photo with the Bishop public.
The Church body had formed a panel to probe the case, consequent to which it has released the statement, saying, "The victim along with 5 other nuns and 4 other people have conspired against Bishop. These nuns have been influenced by thoughts of rationalists.”
In the statement, the Church body has also alleged that in contrary to the claim of the nun, the Bishop didn’t stay in “Kuravilangad convent on May 5, 2014”. Further running a slander campaign against the nun, the statement said that since she was seen ‘enthusiastically’ attending a private function with the Bishop on May 23, 2015, it can be concluded that “there was no rape”.
In further bid to shame the victim, the Church body has even released a picture of nun sitting with the Bishop. The Church body has also accused the “nun and her friends” of tampering with the ‘visitors’ register’ and stealing the ‘CCTV system’.
“Victim’s friend was handling the visitors register in the convent, they must have tampered with this. The victim had forcefully taken control of the CCTV system from Mother Superior,” the Missionaries of Jesus said in the statement.
The statements come three days after an 8-page affidavit submitted by Kerala Police's Investigating Officer regarding the Kerala Nun Rape Case to the Kerala High Court. The submitted document stated that as per initial investigation, the nun was repeatedly raped by Bishop Franco. Following the 8-page affidavit, the Kerala police submitted a second affidavit to the Kerala High Court inside a sealed cover. As per sources, the police had sought more time for the probe into the case.