Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop

Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop

Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop

It was also observed there that Court can not compel investigating officer to arrest an accused, as it was a matter within the discretion of police. The protest has been called by the Joint Christian Council.

In the lengthy letter to Giambattista Diquattro, Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio (a diplomatic mission), the nun, who has accused Bishop Franco rape and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016, said she has turned to the Church authorities for justice.

Many nuns protested against the Bishop outside the Kochi High Court on Saturday when they realised that neither the church nor the government would support them.

In early August, one PIL was filed seeking arrest of the Bishop.

They have alleged that top police officials were trying to sabotage the probe.

"They are arranging people to attack us and Bishop Franco is using his political power and money to get higher authorities of the investigation and the government to bury legal proceedings that I have filed against him", she charged.

The nun wondered why the Church was closing its eyes to the "truth when I have mustered courage".

With the police facing heat, a senior official on Monday said the bishop may be summoned to Kerala for interrogation.

The case in the southern state of Kerala has attracted worldwide attention, as it is extremely rare for nuns to publicly accuse a superior of wrongdoing, let alone sexual assault. That is why we thought of conducting this protest. "We can not crucify an innocent soul based on such allegations", reported News18. In a detailed and emotional seven-page letter dated September 8, 2018 - released to the media on Tuesday - the nun wondered whether the "Catholic Church has concern only for bishops and priests".

What does the police have to say?

This comes on the same day when the police told the Kerala High Court that their preliminary investigations reveal that the bishop abused his position and raped the nun on multiple occasions. According to The Indian Express, SP Hari Sankar has said that there is a lack of scientific evidence which could substantiate the rape charges and the delay in informing the police is an impediment.

However, Poonjar MLA PC George while speaking at a press conference had stirred up fresh controversy regarding the case where he reportedly questioned the nun's character as well as questioned her allegations. "No one has doubt that the nun is a prostitute. Why didn't she complain the first time?"

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