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Kerala Lawmaker PC George Calls Nun Filing Sexual Assault Case A 'Prostitute'

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| September 9 , 2018 , 11:23 IST

Kerala independent lawmaker PC George condemned the 46-year-old nun who alleged that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mullackal sexually abused her 13 times between 2014 and 2016, calling the nun a 'prostitute' on Saturday.

"No one has doubt that the nun is a prostitute. 12 times she enjoyed it and the 13th time it is rape? Why didn't she complain the first time?" PC George an Independent MLA from Kerala's Poonjar said.

The nun's family has said that they will initiate legal action against George for his abusive charges against her which hurt her sentiments.

"She wanted to meet the media on Sunday, a day after the protests by the nuns and other supporters. But after this comment, she just locked herself in the room and refused to tale calls or meet anyone for hours. She was very upset", a family member told NDTV.

Nuns in Kochi conducted a sit-in protest at the High Court Junction bus station on Saturday, in a protest called by the Joint Christian Council. At least 5 nuns from the Kottayam convent to which the victim belonged also took part in the protest and alleged that the victim has been denied justice by the church, police and government as no action has been initiated against the accused Bishop Mulakkal.

"We are fighting for our sister. She has been denied justice by the Church, government and the police. We are ready to go to any extent for ensuring justice to our sister," a nun said.

 

"Seventy-four days have passed since the complaint was made against Bishop Franco. The police recorded her statements several times. But the accused bishop was interrogated only once," the nun said.

Catholic reformation organisations, including Kerala Catholic Church Refomation Movement (KCRM), also took part in the protest.

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The victim nun had accused Bishop Franco of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016 and in her complaint filed in June at the Kuravilangad Police Station, she alleged that she had been receiving death threats from unknown people.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash on August 13 informed the Kerala High Court that the probe was proceeding effectively and impartially. The police in a statement based on initial investigation and available evidence, found that the Bishop allegedly committed an unnatural offence and raped the nun against her will.