Even as the rape victim Kerala nun has written to the Vatican, seeking justice, rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal has finally broken his silence on the case and said the 'nuns are free to protest and that he has nothing to say on the matter.
“The nuns are free to protest. They have right to protest. Won’t comment on that. I am sitting in Punjab. What is happening in Kerala I don’t know much. Who is standing by me, I don’t know,” said the Bishop.
The Bishop also said that it’s a conspiracy hatched by anti-church elements, adding, “they don’t have just this grievance, they have other grievances also.”
The rape accused Bishop also confirmed that the police has recorded his statement, in the same breath he also said that there are contradictions in the victim’s statement.
“I have no reaction on that. The police sat with me and talked for 9 hours. They have taken her statement and mine. There were contradictions in the statement. They have gone back to study the contradiction, to know who is speaking the truth. they will make a conclusive report. I have heard that there will be a delay in the coming of the report,” he said.
Prior to his statement, 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 an investigation by Missionaries of Jesus, it was found that the nun was in a relationship with the 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.”
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".